COVID-19 pandemic will not end before 2021: Michael Ryan

Dr. Michael Ryan, director of emergencies program of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year although the development of COVID-19 vaccines will reduce the deaths resulting from the disease.  

The world’s singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of COVID-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s emergencies program. 

“If we’re smart, we can finish with the hospitalizations and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic” by the end of the year, he said at media briefing. 

If the vaccines begin to impact not only on death and not only on hospitalization, but have a significant impact on transmission dynamics and transmission risk, then I believe we will accelerate toward controlling this pandemic.” 

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