The coronavirus pandemic could be over within the next two years, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Friday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus compared the COVID-19 pandemic to the 1918 Spanish flu, which took two years to overcome.
Tedros said that current advances in technology and in the healthcare sector could help the world overcome the virus “in a shorter time,” according to the BBC.
“Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he said, the BBC reported. “But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it and the knowledge to stop it.”
“So we hope to finish this pandemic (in) less than two years,” he told reporters.
Tedros comments come as several countries see a renewed spike in coronavirus infections following the summer period.
In South Korea, health authorities have recorded 324 new cases on Friday — its highest single-day total since March.
Spain, France, and Germany have also seen dramatic increases in the last few days.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 new deaths were announced in the US on Friday, bringing the total number of fatalities to more than 175,000, according to new CDC figures.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden attacked President’s Trump handling of the pandemic in his Democratic National Convention speech on Thursday, saying he had “failed in his most basic duty to the nation,” according to Vox.
Biden pledged to introduce a national mandate to wear masks if elected and said he would shut down the US to stop the coronavirus spread if scientists told him it would be necessary.
“I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus,” Biden told ABC News’s David Muir in an interview that will air in full Sunday.
“That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking, to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus,” Biden said, according to The Hill.