WHO: coronavirus may never go away

WHO: coronavirus may never go away

The coronavirus "may never go away", the World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies director Mike Ryan has warned.

Speaking at a briefing, Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.

He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a "massive effort".

"It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away," Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.

The WHO emergencies director then said he doesn't believe "anyone can predict when this disease will disappear," BBC reported.

There are currently more than 100 potential vaccines in development - but Ryan noted there are other illnesses, such as measles, that still haven't been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them.

Almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died with coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases recorded.

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