In a virtual press briefing from Geneva, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghereyesus said that the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic could get over within two years.
He said that the Spanish flu of 1918 had also taken two years to go but looking at the current advanced technology, the world should be able to halt COVID-19 pandemic 'in a shorter' time.
“Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he said.
“But at the same time, we have also the technology and the knowledge to stop it,”, stressing the importance of “national unity, global solidarity”. he added.
Talking about corruption linked to personal protective equipment (PPE), which he described as “criminal”. “Any type of corruption is unacceptable,” he said.
“However, corruption related to PPE... for me it’s actually murder. Because if health workers work without PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve,” the Director-General said.
Tedros also said, "the pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change."
“Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed economies and societies, this one will be no different,” he said, noting that the global health crisis, “has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers... Building back better means building back greener”.
The WHO chief also stated that, “COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century health crisis. But it also gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to shape the world our children will inherit — the world we want”.