When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? WHO warns it's 'going on longer than it needs to'
Although Covid-19 restrictions have eased completely in the most countries, the World Health Organisation has warned that the pandemic will likely drag on into 2022 and could last even longer due to a low average of vaccination rates across the world
Although Covid-19 restrictions have eased completely in the UK, the World Health Organisation has warned that the pandemic will likely drag on into 2022 and could last even longer due to a low average of vaccination rates across the world
Dr Bruce Aylward, senior leader at the WHO, said: "I can tell you we're not on track. We really need to speed it up or you know what? This pandemic is going to go on for a year longer than it needs to.
The problem has arisen due to the lack of vaccinations in low-income countries, while high income countries have far higher vaccination rates.
High income countries like the UK are supposed to be donating to poorer states and have pledged a total of 100 million, but has so far only delivered 10 million.
Coming out of the pandemic is not only vital for people's general health and well-being, but to the economy and certain sectors that were hit hard when restrictions to work against the spreading of the virus came in.
One of the reasons why the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing could be the fact that less economically developed countries with high populations are lagging behind when it comes to the vaccine.
Some experts argue that without mass vaccinations across the world, the virus will be able to mutate to the point where the original vaccinations become obsolete, though this is typically difficult to predict.
Experts told Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review : "If countries with large populations wait to be vaccinated for years, the virus will keep mutating—potentially to the point that the first available vaccines lose effectiveness. That will be bad for everyone, but poorer countries, with less access to updated vaccines, will again feel more of the impact."