The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unlikely to be over by 2021.
”I think it will be very premature and impractical to think that we will be done with this virus by the end of the year,” Mr Michael Ryan, Director of WHO’s health emergency programme, said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“If we are wise, we can finish with hospitalizations, injuries, and the disaster associated with this pandemic,” says the author.
WHO’s current priority, according to Ryan, is to keep transmissions as low as possible and vaccinate as many people as possible.
According to the official, vaccine dose delivery has increased in contrast to ten weeks ago, amid “huge challenges” in distribution.
“If the vaccines continue to have a major effect not only on death and hospitalization, but also on transmission dynamics and transmission risk, I believe we will be able to monitor this pandemic sooner rather than later,” he said.
Meanwhile, there are 156,017 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
There have also been 1,915 deaths.
On Tuesday, the nation got its first vaccines.