The top of the World Well being Group (WHO) says he hopes the coronavirus pandemic shall be over in beneath two years.
Talking in Geneva on Friday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned the Spanish flu of 1918 took two years to beat.
However he added that present advances in know-how may allow the world to halt the virus “in a shorter time”.
“In fact with extra connectiveness, the virus has a greater probability of spreading,” he mentioned.
“However on the similar time, we’ve additionally the know-how to cease it, and the data to cease it,” he famous, stressing the significance of “nationwide unity, international solidarity”.
The lethal flu of 1918 killed no less than 50 million folks.
The coronavirus has to this point killed virtually 800,000 folks and contaminated 22.7 million extra.
Dr Tedros additionally responded to a query about corruption relating to private protecting tools (PPE) throughout the pandemic, which he described as “legal”.
“Any sort of corruption is unacceptable,” he answered.
“Nevertheless, corruption associated to PPE… for me it is really homicide. As a result of if well being employees work with out PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that additionally dangers the lives of the folks they serve.”
Though the query associated to allegations of corruption in South Africa, a lot of international locations have confronted related points.
On Friday, protests have been held within the Kenyan capital Nairobi over alleged graft throughout the pandemic, whereas docs from a lot of town’s public hospitals went on strike over unpaid wages and a scarcity of protecting tools.
The identical day, the pinnacle of the WHO’s well being emergencies programme warned that the dimensions of the coronavirus outbreak in Mexico was “clearly under-recognised”.
Dr Mike Ryan mentioned the equal of round three folks per 100,000 have been being examined in Mexico, in comparison with about 150 per 100,000 folks within the US.
Mexico has the third highest variety of deaths on the planet, with virtually 60,000 fatalities recorded because the pandemic started, based on Johns Hopkins College.
Within the US, in the meantime, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has attacked President Donald Trump’s dealing with of the pandemic.
“Our present president’s failed in his most elementary obligation to the nation. He is failed to guard us. He is failed to guard America,” Mr Biden mentioned, and pledged to introduce a nationwide mandate to put on masks if elected.
Greater than 1,000 new deaths have been introduced within the US on Friday, bringing the full variety of fatalities to 173,490.
What’s occurring elsewhere?
On Friday, a lot of international locations introduced their highest numbers of recent circumstances in months.
South Korea recorded 324 new circumstances – its highest single-day complete since March.
As with its earlier outbreak, the brand new infections have been linked to church buildings, and museums, nightclubs and karaoke bars have now been closed in and around the capital Seoul in response.
A lot of European international locations are additionally seeing rises.
Poland and Slovakia each introduced report new each day infections on Friday, with 903 and 123 circumstances respectively, whereas Spain and France have seen dramatic will increase in latest days.
In Lebanon, a two-week partial lockdown – including a night-time curfew – has come into effect because the nation noticed its highest variety of circumstances because the pandemic started.
Infections have doubled since a devastating blast within the capital Beirut killed no less than 178 folks and injured hundreds extra on four August.
The catastrophe left an estimated 300,000 folks homeless and positioned huge pressure on medical services.