The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hopes that coronavirus pandemic will be controlled in over two years.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke in Geneva on Friday. He mentioned an example from the past that the Spanish flu of 1918 took two years to overcome.
Spanish flu had killed at least 50 million people in 1918.
However, he mentioned that the advances in technology can help the world control coronavirus pandemic “in a shorter time”.
“Of course with more connectedness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he said.
“But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it, and the knowledge to stop it,” he noted, stressing the importance of “national unity, and global solidarity”.
Dr. Tedros answered a question about corruption regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.
“Any type of corruption is unacceptable,” he answered.
“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.”
There are 23,121,145 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide out of which 803,223 have died whereas 15,715,254 have recovered. The number of active cases is 6,602,668 so far.