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W.H.O. Chief Cautions Against Predicting a Pandemic ‘Endgame’
The World Health Organization’s director general said it was dangerous to assume the end of the pandemic was nearing and warned that current global conditions were “ideal for more variants to emerge.”
There are different scenarios for how the pandemic could play out and how the acute phase could end. But it’s dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the endgame. On the contrary, globally, the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. To change the course of the pandemic, we must change the conditions that are driving it. It’s true that we will be living with Covid for the foreseeable future, and that we will need to learn to manage it through a sustained and integrated system for acute respiratory diseases, which will provide a platform for preparedness for future pandemics. But learning to live with Covid cannot mean that we give this virus a free ride. It cannot mean that we accept almost 50,000 deaths a week from a preventable and treatable disease.
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