World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, wearing a protective face mask, attends a press conference on 20 December 2021 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva
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The World Health Organization on Wednesday released an updated plan for Covid-19 that sets out three possible scenarios for how the pandemic will develop this year.
“Based on what we know now, the most likely scenario is that the Covid-19 virus will continue to develop, but the severity of the disease it causes will decrease over time as immunity increases due to vaccination and infection, “said CEO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a briefing.
However, the WHO chief warned that periodic increases in cases and deaths could occur when immunity declines, which may require periodic boost for vulnerable populations.
Speaking of the other two potential scenarios, Tedros said that either less severe variants will emerge and boosters or new formulations of vaccines will not be needed, or a more virulent variant will emerge, protecting against previous vaccination or infection. will decrease rapidly.
The updated Strategic Contingency, Contingency and Response Plan sets out the strategic adjustments that each country must make to address the causes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, reduce the impact of Covid-19 and end the global emergency.
This is the third strategic contingency, contingency and response plan released by the WHO and is likely to be the last, Tedros said.
The first report was released in February 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic.
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WHO’s Tedros says the most likely scenario is that Covid-19 severity will decrease over time
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