The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Monday expressed his hope that 2022 will be “the year of the end of the Covid-19 epidemic.”
With the end of the year holidays approaching, Ghebreyesus said it’s better to cancel events “now and celebrate later rather than celebrate now and mourn later.”
To this, he recommended during a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, families and people who want to spend time together during the festive season, that “an event being canceled is better than losing a life.”
“Next year, the World Health Organization is committed to doing everything in its power to eradicate the epidemic,” he added.
The WHO Director-General reiterated his call for improved access to vaccines in disadvantaged countries.
“If we want to end the epidemic next year, we must end inequality (in vaccines) by ensuring that 70 percent of the population in every country is vaccinated by the middle of next year,” he said.
He reminded that the World Health Organization does not oppose booster doses, but stressed that they should be restricted to people at risk or those over 65 years old.
He urged countries that provide booster doses for healthy adults or children to share those doses with other countries while convincing unvaccinated people to get vaccinated.
“We are facing another harsh winter, but we also believe that we can overcome it through solidarity,” he stressed.