Coronavirus likely to vanish faster than Spanish flu: WHO chief1 min read . Updated: 22 Aug 2020, 11:40 AM IST
The COVID-19 pandemic has to date killed nearly 800,000 people and infected close to 23 million worldwide
The WHO on Friday said that it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years. WHO Chief added that the world also now has the advantage of far better technology.
Faster than Spanish flu
"We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.
Compared to back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its "globalisation, closeness, connectedness", which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed, Tedros acknowledged.
By "utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu."
The COVID-19 pandemic has to date killed nearly 800,000 people and infected close to 23 million worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
But the deadliest pandemic in modern history, Spanish flu, killed as many as 50 million victims and infected around 500 million around the world between February 1918 and April 2020.