‘Experts’ at the World Health Organization and in the US are warning that there is no time for the world to relax its fight against the coronavirus.
Speaking at the World Health Assembly on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against the “monumental error” of presuming the danger of coronavirus is over as White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci joined him to declare that the world cannot “declare victory prematurely” UPI reported
Now Fauci has the backing of Tedros who conceded the U.N. agency is “very encouraged that cases and deaths are continuing to decline globally,” but it would be “a monumental error for any country to think the danger has passed.”
He urged all member nations to stay alert to the continuing dangers of emerging viral variants and support a new pandemic preparedness treaty, which would improve early warnings on potential global health threats, promote stockpiling and production of pandemic supplies, and “allow for equitable access to vaccines, tests and treatments.”
For his part, Fauci on Monday told the Guardian despite new U.S. cases falling to the lowest levels in 12 months, “We don’t want to declare victory prematurely because we still have a ways to go.
“As long as there is some degree of activity throughout the world, there’s always a danger of variants emerging and diminishing somewhat the effectiveness of our vaccines,” he said.
On Memorial Day in the United States, which marks the traditional start of the summer months, daily new cases had fallen to around 20,000 — half of what they were at the start of the month — as the number of U.S. vaccinations reached nearly 295 million.