Nations must work together to push back Covid-19 to 2022

THere is some optimism from the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who says he hopes the Covid-19 pandemic will be overcome in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread.

Noting that we have many more tools and treatments to deal with Covid than we had at the start of the pandemic, the WHO chief said: “With all these learnings and capacities, the opportunity to permanently reverse this pandemic is within our grasp. If we do, we will save lives, ease the burden of overburdened health systems, and give respite to the legions of health workers who have worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much for two years. We will get our lives back, allow the children to go back to school and the people to work.

All the good points. Adhanom Ghebreyesus is right to focus on the need to work together. He also denounced “narrow nationalism and hoarding of vaccines” in the declaration for the new year. Vaccine nationalism is something a number of our writers have highlighted this year – as well as a large number of letter readers. “The longer the inequalities persist, the greater the risk that the virus will evolve in ways that we can neither prevent nor predict,” the statement added. “If we end the inequalities, we end the pandemic. “

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