- Tedros Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO has shared his thoughts what world leaders must do if they wish to see the end of coronavirus pandemic
- Ghebreyesus advised world leaders to shun what he described as the “politics of populism and self-interest”
- The WHO DG assured that the global body would continue to support countries towards building strong health systems
World leaders have been urged to shun what has been described as the “politics of populism and self-interest” if the world would see the end of the coronavirus pandemic in 2022.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) gave this advice at the WHO last media briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 29, Premium Times reports.
Ghebreyesus, speaking further noted that is the time for leaders to banish the politics of populism and self-interest.
According to the WHO DG, such factors are derailing the COVID-19 response. He went on to note that these are the things threatening to undermine the response to the next disease.
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When will COVID-19 end?
In another report by Global News, Ghebreyesus, stressed that if every country vaccinates at least 70% of its population, the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic could end by July 2022.
The director-general of the WHO said if that target is reached by then, the world could start to move on from the current phase of the pandemic.
He assured that the global body would continue to support countries towards building strong health systems and ensure the distribution of health tools.
Get Ready For Another Pandemic Apart From COVID-19, UN Warns Nations
Legit.ng previously reported that the leadership of the United Nations (UN) is certain that COVID-19 is not the last pandemic the world will witness.
Speaking at the International Day for Epidemic Preparedness, the UN's secretary-general, António Guterres, noted that the world is yet to learn lessons of emergency responses to epidemics from the COVID-19 experience.
Guterres in his message on Monday, December 27, declared that the present pandemic should make nations come up with preparations that are capable of dealing with emergency cases.
Coronavirus: Nigeria now in fourth wave, says NCDC
Meanwhile, in what many people would term bad news, the federal government through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had revealed that the country was experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID pandemic.
The development was revealed by Ifedayo Adetifa, director-general of the NCDC.
“Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants."