WHO confident over Covid-19 end in 2023

Day will soon come when the virus may be viewed like seasonal influenza, says the WHO emergency director

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World Health Organization (WHO) has shown hope that the Covid-19 epidemic may reach a stage where it poses a hazard akin to the flu this year. WHO expressed optimism about the conclusion of the pandemic phase of the virus and expressed confidence that it will be able to announce an end to the emergency sometime in 2023.

The International health agency initially referred to the situation as a pandemic three years ago this past weekend. However, WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thinks governments should have sprung into action several weeks earlier.

WHO emergency director Michael Ryan said during a news conference that he believes the day will soon come when Covid-19 may be viewed similarly to seasonal influenza. “A virus that will keep killing is a menace to public health. Yet I think that this year we will see the arrival of a virus that neither affects our civilization nor our medical systems, Tedros said. The head of WHO claimed that compared to earlier in the epidemic, the globe is currently in a far better situation.

I am convinced that by the end of this year, Covid-19 will no longer be considered a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), he added.

On January 30, 2020, when less than 100 cases and no fatalities had been recorded outside of China, the WHO issued a PHEIC, the highest degree of concern it can issue. Yet many countries didn’t appear to realize the risk until Tedros referred to the deteriorating situation as a pandemic on March 11 of that year.


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