As hundreds of millions have been vaccinated against the pandemic, another challenge has emerged, tens of thousands of tons of extra medical waste from the response to COVID-19 has put tremendous strain on health care waste management systems around the world, threatening human and environmental health and exposing a dire need to improve waste management practices, according to a new WHO report.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Wednesday said the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 was “welcome” in Brazil, because it “may point to the end of the pandemic.”
The World Health Organization warned on Monday that it is unrealistic to think the world will be done with the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of the year. WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said it might however be possible to take the tragedy out of the coronavirus crisis by reducing hospitalizations and deaths.
The global death toll from the novel coronavirus, which emerged less than a year ago in China and has swept across the world, passed 1 million on Sunday. The pandemic has ravaged the global economy, inflamed geopolitical tensions, and upended lives, from Indian slums and Brazil's jungles to America's biggest city New York.
Brazil still faces a big challenge to curb the coronavirus pandemic and should do more to integrate its efforts at different levels of government, a top World Health Organization official said on Monday.
The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. As some countries around the world begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions imposed in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, the WHO said it may never be wiped out entirely.