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WHO hopes Covid-19 pandemic will end in ‘less than two years’

The World Health Organisation said Friday it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years – faster than it took for the Spanish flu.

Nearly 800 000 people have been killed by coronavirus worldwide.

WHO’s Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it should be possible to tame Covid-19 faster than the Spanish flue.

He said the world has the advantage of better technology to fight the virus.

“We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.

Compared to back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its “globalisation, closeness, connectedness”, which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed, Tedros acknowledged.

But the world also now has the advantage of far better technology, he said.

By “utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has to date killed nearly 800 000 people and infected close to 23 million worldwide, according…

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