WHO says 2 million coronavirus deaths is ‘not impossible’

The World Health Organization, WHO, has said that it’s not impossible to reach 2 million corona virus deaths as the world approaches 1 million, on Friday if countries don’t uniformly work to suppress the virus’ spread.

Speaking during a press briefing at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said: “it’s certainly unimaginable, but it’s not impossible, because if we look at losing 1 million people in nine months and then we just look at the realities of getting vaccines out there in the next nine months, it’s a big task for everyone involved.

“The real question is: Are we prepared, collectively, to do what it takes to avoid that number?”

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the virus has infected more than 32 million worldwide and has killed at least 983,900 people as of Friday.

However, Covid-19 fatality rates have slowly declined over the course of the pandemic because scientists and health experts have made strides in treating seriously ill patients through the better use of oxygen and the steroid dexamethasone, among other therapeutics.

“2 million or more corona virus deaths could be reported before a Covid-19 vaccine becomes widely available if world leaders don’t better implement lifesaving measures,” Ryan warned. 

CNBC