Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO emergency program, said on Friday that the emerging coronavirus is unlikely to be completely eliminated.
“In the current situation, it is unlikely that we will be able to eradicate this virus,” he added in an online statement from Geneva.
He said eliminating outbreaks hotspots could enable the world “to avoid the worst, which is having a second peak and having to go back in terms of general isolation measures.”
In turn, WHO Director-General Tidros Adhanom Gebresos said he was confident that a review announced yesterday of the organization’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic would not interfere with its response to the disease.
He added that the decision to open the investigation “actually gives me responsibility, which is very important, so that we can act in a balanced way so that the evaluation does not affect the response” to the disease.
“We felt that starting it now could actually help understand … how to respond fully,” he said.