The emergency manager of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Tuesday that the fact that the Covid-19 stop being a pandemic and become endemic does not make it less dangerous.
“People oppose the pandemic with the endemic, but endemic malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people, HIV is endemic, violence is endemic in our cities,” Michael Ryan said at a remote colloquium organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
“Endemic by itself doesn’t mean it’s good, endemic just means it’s always there,” Ryan said.
The arrival of the Omicron variant, much more contagious than any other form of the Covid-19 virus known until now, but which seems to cause less severe symptoms in vaccinated people, has launched the debate on whether the pandemic, declared in early 2020, will be endemic. A debate that implies that it will be less dangerous.
“We will not get rid of the virus this year,” warned the doctor. “We may never eradicate the virus. Viruses that cause pandemics are often part of the ecosystem,” he added.
“What we can end is a public health emergency of international concern,” he explained, saying it was necessary “to achieve the lowest possible incidence rate with the maximum number of vaccines so that no one has to die.”
“That will be the end of the emergency and that will be the end of the pandemic,” the doctor said.
The person in charge of the organization also raised the possibility that in the future three or four injections will be considered as the normal number of doses to escape the more serious forms of Covid-19.