Despite the extreme international toll of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization warns that the outbreak is “not necessarily the big one” – and urges the world to get “serious” about preparedness.
“This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan stated at a press convention Monday marking a 12 months because the UN company first discovered of the brand new bug spreading in China.
Since rising in Wuhan, COVID-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million folks all over the world, out of over 81 million contaminated. In the US, about 335,000 folks have already died and over 19 million have already been contaminated.
“This pandemic has been very severe,” Ryan stated, in accordance with Agence France-Presse. “It has spread around the world extremely quickly and it has affected every corner of this planet, but this is not necessarily the big one.”
He pressured that whereas the virus is “very transmissible, and it kills folks… its present case fatality (price) within reason low compared to different rising illnesses.
“We need to get ready for something that may even be more severe in the future,” Ryan added.
Pharmacists put together doses of the COVID-19 vaccine previous to a press convention on the Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington state yesterday.Karen Ducey/Getty Images
Bruce Aylward, a WHO senior adviser, additionally cautioned that whereas the world had made large scientific developments, together with growing vaccines at report velocity, it remained removed from ready to stop future pandemics.
“We are into second and third waves of this virus and we are still not prepared to deal with and manage those,” he stated. “So while we are better prepared… we are not fully prepared for this one, let alone the next one.”
Meanwhile, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed hope that the pandemic has helped the world change into extra ready to sort out future threats.
“In terms of awareness, I think we are now getting it,” the director-general stated, including that it was “time now to be really serious.”
Citizens with their face masks are seen strolling round a road in Algiers, Algeria, on Sunday.Mousaab Rouibi/Anadolu Agency by way of Getty Images
He additionally cited the 2 new strains of the virus that have already emerged within the UK and South Africa that seem like extra infectious than the others.
“We are working with scientists in the UK and South Africa who are carrying out epidemiologic and laboratory studies, which will guide next steps,” he stated.