The coronavirus “may never go away”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan said: “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.
Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva: “HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus.”
Almost 300,000 people have been killed by coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases have been recorded.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed it was still possible to control the virus, with effort.
“The trajectory is in our hands, and it’s everybody’s business, and we should all contribute to stop this pandemic,” he said.
WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove also told the briefing: “We need to get into the mindset that it is going to take some time to come out of this pandemic.”
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