The World Health Organization (WHO) hopes to end the Covid-19 pandemic “in less than two years” as many countries around the world face a surge in new cases, such as the reconfining Lebanon.
“We hope to end this pandemic in less than two years. Especially if we can unite our efforts (…) and by using the tools available to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can put an end to it in a shorter time than the flu (Spanish) of 1918”, declared Friday the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a press conference.
The famous “Spanish flu” decimated 50 million people from 1918 to 1920, when malnutrition and tuberculosis made the population even more fragile.
“In our current situation, (…) the virus is more likely to spread,” said the head of the WHO. “But we have the advantage of having better technology (…) And we know how to stop it.”
The WHO has also recommended “the wearing of masks for children aged 12 and over under the same conditions as adults”