Just like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away – WHO chief, Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan, the Executive director of the World Health Organization health emergency program, has dashed the hope of many who are anticipating that the end to the nightmare the world is having now will end soon.

According to Ryan, there are no promises about when a vaccine will be ready for the novel Coronavirus and just like we have learnt to live with HIV, we may also learn to live with coronavirus as it may never go away. 

HIV/AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States and almost 40 years after, no vaccine or cure has been developed for the virus which has so far killed nearly a million people.

Ryan while speaking in an online briefing yesterday May 13, said the virus may just become one of the known viruses that kills people annually around the world.

“This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away. I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear.

“I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be” Ryan said

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