When the health system is not overwhelmed, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be able to make the declaration that the new coronavirus pandemic is over. This statement was made Nov. 9 by Hans Kluge, director of the WHO's European office, during an interview with La Vanguardia newspaper.
"We have to learn to live with the virus," the director noted. - As soon as our health care system is not overburdened by hospitalizations and deaths from troughs, meaning that it will be possible to provide the services that were provided before, the pandemic will probably become endemic."
As Hans Kluge noted, according to "fairly reliable estimates," if the disease trend remains the same, it is expected that another 500,000 people in the European region are likely to die by February 2022 due to coronavirus.
"Why are we in trouble again? Because vaccination has stalled in more than half the countries in the region," Kluge said.
"A couple of months ago the main problem was availability (of vaccines), now the problem is skepticism about vaccines, fake news," Kluge said. He also noted that he was preparing to "create a working group in Europe," which is related to coronavirus vaccination issues.