Covid still ‘full of nasty and cunning’ surprises – WHO official — Analysis
The WHO’s special envoy on Covid has warned that the virus still poses a “very serious threat” despite optimism from officials in Europe
Speaking to Sky News on Monday, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Covid-19 special envoy, Dr David Nabarro, warned that the pandemic could still throw up “challenges and surprises”Despite some progress being made, the coronavirus remains an issue.
Nabarro criticized politicians for downplaying the danger posed by virus. “should not suggest”Covid can either be treated as the flu or like it “has suddenly got incredibly weak.”
“We must go on treating it as though it is full of surprises, very nasty and rather cunning,”Nabarro said, asserting that “the end is in sight,”It is unknown how long this will take. “going to take to get there”Or “what sort of difficulties”Along the path out of the pandemic, many people will be able to recover.
“I do want everybody to do one thing, and that is to go on treating this virus with respect. This hasn’t changed. It’s absolutely not suddenly become a soft thing – it is still very serious,” Nabarro added.
Directly addressing UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s recent comments that Covid should be treated like flu, Nabarro said it is “amazing”That officials continue to make predictions about the future “the WHO don’t know,”As “we know there are more [variants] not far away.”
The comments appear to directly contradict the WHO’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, who claimed on Monday that the continent is “moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,”Omicron has a milder flavor than other strains.
Kluge, in his response to the question of whether new Covid strains could emerge, expressed an alternative view to his colleague. “towards the end of the year,” it won’t necessarily mean “the pandemic coming back.”
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