WHO says COVID ‘war’ can be won

Humanity is not losing the war against the coronavirus pandemic and will eventually conquer the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

As daily global deaths from the disease topped 18,000 for the first time and with new variants spreading rapidly around the globe, Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said the mutations did not imply defeat, according to AFP news agency.

“Does it mean we’re losing this war? No,” she told a WHO live social media event.

“We are in the fight of our lives. We have to make sure that we’re not fighting each other; that we’re fighting the virus… the variants included.

“We can conquer this virus – and we will conquer this virus.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration launched its new level-with-America health briefings Wednesday with a projection that as many as 90,000 more in the US will die from the coronavirus in the next four weeks — a sobering warning as the government strains to improve delivery and injection of vaccines, reports the Associated Press.

“I know this is not news we all want to hear, but this is something we must say so we are all aware,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If we are united in action we can turn things around.”