Tedros Ghebreyesus: “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic – we are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”..
In the same statement, though, the WHO director made recommendations to governments that make it clear that the pandemic is far from over:
Plan for surges of cases, and make sure you have the supplies, equipment and health workers you will need
Maintain infection prevention and control precautions to protect health workers and non-COVID patients in health facilities
and so on….
Just one week earlier, however, this was the message from the WHO:
“The pandemic is not yet over. The virus is still circulating and still changing…If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that health is the most precious commodity on earth. A commodity that must be cherished, prized, and fought for every day…” @DrTedros
— Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) September 6, 2022
So it’s beginning to look like the “end of the pandemic” statement may have been released to simply divert attention away from the bombshell report by the Lancet COVID-19 Commission into the mishandling of the pandemic, published the following day.
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission report is covered in our post below:
We see what you did there, Tedros…