Geneva (EFE).- With ten times fewer weekly deaths than at the peak of the pandemic (January 2021) and two-thirds of the world’s population vaccinated, the world is “in a better position than ever” to end the pandemic of covid, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.

During a virtual press conference from New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly, the head of the World Health Organization reiterated that “the end of the pandemic is in sight, but we do not we haven’t reached it yet.”

“In many countries, restrictions have been lifted, life is already similar to what it was before the pandemic, but the current 10,000 deaths are still too many, and many of them could be avoided,” he said. said the Ethiopian expert.

The reasons for optimism

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a file photo. EFE/Fabrice Coffrini

On the other hand, Tedros pointed out that three quarters of two large risk groups, the elderly and health workers, are among the 66% of people vaccinated worldwide, another reason for optimism, although ‘”There are still large gaps in immunization for people in low- and middle-income countries.

The coronavirus “continues to spread, to change, and the risk of new dangerous variants emerging continues,” he said.

“We have spent two and a half years in a long and dark tunnel and we already see some light at the end of it, but there is still a long way to go and the tunnel is still long and full of obstacles” , said the CEO.

Tedros announced that as part of the UN General Assembly tomorrow, Friday, he will participate in round tables chaired by UN Secretary General António Guterres and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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