During a press briefing, Tedros noted that six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached.
“Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move,” he said. Also Read – Parents Find Out That Their 18-Year-Old Son Is A Rapist, Get Him Arrested & Jailed
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
The head of the WHO’s emergency program, Mike Ryan, told the briefing that tremendous progress had been made towards finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection, but there was still no guarantee the effort would succeed. Also Read – NASA Challenge: 13.5 Million To Anyone Who Can Design A Toilet For Moon
For the time being, countries could fight the spread of the disease by testing, isolating confirmed cases, and tracking their contacts, he said. He singled out Japan, South Korea, and Germany for their “comprehensive, sustained strategy” against the virus.
The WHO plans to convene a meeting this week to assess progress in research towards fighting the disease, Tedros said.