The World Health Organization said Monday that the coronavirus is unlikely to no longer be a problem by the end of the year, and one official said that despite the progress, the virus is “very under control.”
Dr Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergency services arm, told a press conference in Geneva that he believes it is “unrealistic to think that we are going to end this virus within a year.”
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COVID-19 appears to be entering a new phase where the vaccine launch and reports of lower recorded transmissions have the public eager to overcome lockdowns and social distancing mandates. But health officials warned that cases spiked last week and variants circulating that could make approved vaccines less effective.
The Guardian reported that Ryan said that much of the world’s future success in fighting the virus depends on vaccines that can reduce the risk of disease transmission.