WHO chief believes the pandemic may be contained if the world’s countries collaborate to prevent its spread.

  • Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, says Covid could end in 2022 
  • A Health Minister encouraged countries with high income to spread vaccines among them 
  • According to him, the global leaders must act if the pandemic is to end in this year. 

Head of World Health Organization, Dr. John McGovern has stated that he’s ‘confident’ this year of ending Covid.

Tedros Ghebreyesus (Director-General of WHO) stated that this year’s ‘acute’ phase should be completed, provided that countries work in close cooperation and share their vaccines.

On Thursday, Ghebreyesus spoke at a Covid press conference and warned of the potential for an Omicron variant to trigger a tsunami’ in the global health system.

In his New Years Eve message, he made a happier note, highlighting all the tools countries have to make sure that deaths and cases around the globe are a distant memory.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together

Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, stated that the “acute” stage of the pandemic must be over by the end of this year provided all countries have access to vaccines and cooperate with each other.

WHO tells wealthy nations ‘you can’t boost your way out of the pandemic’ 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that wealthy countries cannot ‘boost their way out from the pandemic and also accused them of increasing vaccine inequalities.

Meanwhile, Nigeria said it had incinerated more than a million doses of Covid vaccine that had been donated by developed countries several months ago and had since passed their expiry dates.

Africa’s most populous country has so far fully vaccinated four million people — less than three percent of the adult population and well short of the government’s target of 112 million people by the end of next year.

Speaking last week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the rush in richer nations to roll out additional Covid vaccine doses was deepening the inequity in access to jabs that is prolonging the global pandemic. 

UNHCR has been warning for years about the inequity of access to Covid vaccines. Many people are left vulnerable in countries without any vaccinations while wealthy nations roll out large booster programs.


Ghebreyesus stated that if we eliminate inequity we can end the pandemic and the worldwide nightmares we all have lived through. This is possible.

He added: “As the third year of this pandemic approaches, I feel confident that it will be the year it ends. But only if everyone works together.  

He also posted on social media that same day, saying the world can return to preCovid norms at the end the year.

He stated, “My first resolution was to work with all government agencies, stakeholder and community communities to end this pandemic.” 

“To achieve that goal, all countries must work together in order to attain the global goal of vaccinations reaching 70% of all people by 2022. 

We need to create a more global framework that promotes global security in health. 

In 2022, the beginning of negotiations among countries to create a global pandemic deal to enhance the governance, funding, systems and tools needed to combat epidemics and pandemics. 

He added: “Third, all nations must invest in stronger Primary Health Care, as the foundation for Universal Health Coverage.” 

‘I believe that if we can make progress on these goals, we will be gathering again, at the end of 2022, not to mark the end of a third year of pandemic, but to celebrate a return to pre-Covid norms, when we gathered with our families and communities to celebrate together and cherish each other’s company and love.’

However, Omicron is a potential new variant. He warns that countries could continue to “hoard” vaccines and not share them with other nations.

He explained that ‘Narrow nationalisms and vaccination hoarding in some countries has undermined equity and created favorable conditions for Omicron variant’s emergence. And the longer inequality continues, the greater are the chances of the virus evolving in ways which we don’t know or can prevent. 

On Thursday, the chief of health struck a prudent tone and claimed Omicron would be leaving to a “tsunami” of cases over the next months.

Ghebreyesus expressed concern that Omicron, which is more transmissible than Delta, could lead to an epidemic of cases.

“This will put enormous pressure on exhausted healthcare workers and threatens to bring down the health system.