december 2020

WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is ‘not necessarily the big one’

Experts from the World Health Organization have told the end of year media briefing that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been severe, it is ‘not necessarily the big one’, and that the virus is likely to become endemic and the world will have to learn to live with it. The head of the WHO emergencies programme, Dr Mike Ryan, warned that the next pandemic may be worse, while Prof David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards, said the ‘destiny’ of the virus is to become endemic, even as vaccines begin to be rolled out across the world