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WHO Says Coronavirus Pandemic Is ‘Not the Big One’ the World Needs to Brace for

WHO Says Coronavirus Pandemic Is ‘Not the Big One’ the World Needs to Brace for

The global case tally of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 81.5 million on Tuesday, and the World Health Organization said the pandemic is not necessarily the big one that the world should brace for and urged people everywhere to learn from this crisis.

Speaking at the agency’s final press briefing for 2020, the WHO’s head of emergencies, Mike Ryan, said the coronavirus pandemic has been severe and affected every corner of the planet.

“But this is not necessarily the big one,” he said. “This is a wake-up call. We are learning now how to do things better — science, logistics, training, and governance, how to communicate better. But the planet is fragile. We live in an increasingly complex global society. These threats will continue. If there is one thing we need to take from this pandemic, with all of the tragedy and loss, [it] is [that] we need to get our act together. We need to honor those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do every day.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the cooperation between the private and public sectors that has led to the development of several vaccines in record time, which are now being rolled out around the world. That “is an incredible scientific achievement,” he said.

The WHO is working closely with scientists to understand the new variants of COVID-19 that have emerged in the U.K. and South Africa and evaluate whether they spread more quickly or make people sicker and have any potential impact on testing, treatments and vaccines.

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