The world has by no means been in a greater position to finish the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, urging nations to preserve up their efforts against the virus that has killed over six million folks.

“We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at a digital press convention.

The remark was the most optimistic from the UN company because it declared Covid-19 a global emergency and began describing the virus as a pandemic in March 2020.

The virus, which emerged in China in late 2019, has killed almost 6.5 million folks and contaminated 606 million, roiling international economies and overwhelming healthcare methods.

The rollout of vaccines and therapies have helped to stem the severity of illness. Deaths from Covid-19 final week had been the lowest since March 2020, the U.N. company reported.

Still, countries want to take a tough look at their insurance policies and strengthen them for Covid-19 and future viruses, Tedros said.

He additionally urged nations to vaccinate 100% of their high-risk teams and preserve testing for the virus.

The WHO warned of the chance of future waves of the virus and said countries want to preserve enough provides of medical tools and healthcare employees.

“We expect there to be future waves of infections, potentially at different time points throughout the world caused by different subvariants of Omicron or even different variants of concern,” said WHO’s senior epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove.

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