by Carlos Garcia
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director of the WHO (World Health Organization)
said that the
world would not go back
to the way it
was before the coronavirus,
even if a
vaccine is found to combat the pandemic.
He also said the coronavirus
gave us a
glimpse of a cleaner, less polluted world...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the comments in a media briefing
He noted that several countries had seen cases fall only
to see a second wave hit months later.
"Progress does not
mean victory," said Tedros.
"Even if we do have a vaccine, it wouldn't end the pandemic on
We must all learn to
manage and control this virus using the tools we have now, and
make the adjustments to our daily lives that are needed to keep
ourselves and each other safe," he continued later in his
"Lockdowns are not a long term solution"
enabled many countries to suppress transmission and take the
pressure off their health systems," Tedros said.
"But lockdowns are not a long term solution for any country. We
do not need to choose between lives and livelihoods or between
health and the economy. That's false choice.
On the contrary, the
pandemic is a reminder that health and the economy are
inseparable," he continued.
"WHO is committed to working with all countries to move into a
new stage of opening their economies, societies, schools, and
businesses safely. To do that, every single person must be
"Every single person can make a difference.
Every person, family,
community and nation must make their own decisions based on the
level of risk where they live," he added.
- But of Course...!
Tedros explained that local governments can best assess what risk
they are facing and what steps to mitigate the spread of the
"At the same time, we
will not, we cannot, go back to the way things were," he
"Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed
economies and societies, this one will be no different," Tedros
"In particular, the pandemic has given new impetus to the need
to accelerate efforts to respond
to climate change," he said.
"The pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could
be, cleaner skies and rivers."
The WHO has been
criticized for evidence that they were complicit in helping
the coronavirus during the early stages of the pandemic.
Tedros himself has been accused of being too closely tied to China,
with some critics noting that the country aided his ascendance to
the directorship of WHO.
In addition to all that, Tedros is also accused of
having been a
member of the terrorist group
the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF),
at the beginning of his political career, which
means that the World Health Organization is being
led by a terrorist.
Here's part of the
comments from the WHO director: