18 January 2022,   11:37
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WHO chief says pandemic far from over

The U.N. agency is concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries, even as the numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations.


“We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do”, - WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva, adding that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.


The novel coronavirus, which emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has alrady infected more then 3 million people.


Tedros expressed concern that the health of children was being threatened by the impact of the coronavirus emergency on vaccination programmes for other diseases.


“Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 - the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus - but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines”, - said Tedros.

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