WHO: 'Premature,' 'Unrealistic' Covid-19 Will End Soon
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A senior World Health Organisation official has said it was premature and unrealistic to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalisations and death. The world's singular focus right now should be to keep the transmission of Covid-19 as low as possible, said Dr Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies programme.

WHO was reassured by emerging data that many of the licensed vaccines appear to be helping curb the virus's explosive spread. "If the vaccines begin to impact not only on death and not only on hospitalization, but have a significant impact on transmission dynamics and transmission risk, then I believe we will accelerate toward controlling this pandemic," said Ryan.

WHO's director-general said it was regrettable that younger and healthier adults in some rich countries are being vaccinated against the coronavirus before at-risk health workers in developing countries.

But WHO stopped short of criticizing countries that are moving to vaccinate younger and healthier populations instead of donating their doses to countries that haven't yet been able to protect their most vulnerable people. "We can't tell individual countries what to do," said Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO adviser.

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