‘COVID-19 endgame’: what will it take to go from pandemic to endemic? – National

almost 22 months ago COVID-19 was classified as a global pandemic — spreading to more than 100 countries — the virus remains a constant around the world.

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While we know more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 now than we did at the beginning, there is still a big question mark about an end date and the future of the pandemic.

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“We are still very much in the midst of the pandemic,” the statement said World Health Organization (WHO).

To better understand what lies ahead, WHO is studying current levels of COVID-19 antibodies, as well as protections in communities around the world.

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WHO is considering a number of scenarios: whether vaccination initiatives will remain at the same level; if production changes; and whether countries can actually access vaccines and roll out the vaccination programs.

“We’re looking at the time between now and the end of 2022, which is the time we estimate for the global vaccine rollout — and vaccinating those most at risk and vulnerable — that will change the dynamics of the transmission patterns we’ll see.” see you now,” the UN health organization told Global News.


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A number of effective COVID-19 vaccines at our disposal have changed the course of the pandemic, reducing the serious consequences of the disease.

However, more than half of the world’s population is still not fully vaccinated, according to Our world in data from Oxford University.

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Inequality in vaccine distribution is a major concern, as only five percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

“We shouldn’t start talking about a COVID endgame until we get the vaccine for everyone who wants to get one,” said David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. during a media briefing on 17 November.

“Vaccinations are by far our best tool and will remain so,” he added.

Barriers to access amid a limited global vaccine supply include: many countries stop, experts say. Despite pledges of donations from high-income countries to COVAX, a WHO-led vaccine-sharing facility, doses have been slow to arrive for developing countries.

“We need to think about ways we can find innovative approaches to boost vaccination, whether through food incentives or financial incentives,” said Rupali J. Limaye, a social and behavioral scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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Horacio Bach, an infectious disease expert at the University of British Columbia, said a widespread vaccination campaign is needed to contain the global spread of COVID-19. Long-term immunity and new variants pose a challenge to vaccination efforts, he said.

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In the future, affordable treatments and innovations such as inhaling neutralizing antibodies — which are tested in animal experiments — could be a game-changer, Bach added.

Without a cure, the disease cannot be completely wiped off the map.

“Zero COVID will never happen,” Dowdy said.

“This is a disease that will be ours for the foreseeable future. It will come and go.”

The good news, however, is that as immunity increases — with greater vaccine uptake and infections — cases of COVID-19 are likely to become milder over time, he added.

Pandemic vs Endemic

In March 2020, the WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic as it had spread to 114 countries.

However, since the term is not recognized by international law, there is no general, formal mechanism to announce the beginning or end of a pandemic, WHO told Global News.

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“When the global spread of a disease in a localized area is brought under control, it is no longer a pandemic but an epidemic,” it said.

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“In addition, if a disease is present worldwide but at an expected or normal level, it is not considered a pandemic, but endemic.”


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There is growing consensus COVID-19 is likely to progress to an endemic disease, such as chickenpox or malaria. That means it will be limited to a specific region or countries.

“We have largely lost the ability to eradicate or eliminate it at an early stage because we have not attacked it, at the global level, as vigorously as we could,” the WHO said.

The agency says that even if the virus becomes endemic, it doesn’t mean it will stop being “dangerous or disruptive.”

“In the long term, we hope to get this virus under our control. With widespread vaccination and wide availability and strategic use of the tools we have, we can do this.”

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In the near future, a winter wave is coming.

Europe, the global epicenter of the pandemic, is see a revival with infections rising again despite nearly two years of restraint.

In the United States, the number of cases has steadily increased over the past three weeks, especially in states where colder weather has already driven people indoors.

While an end to the pandemic is not certain, Dowdy said there is reason to be optimistic as vaccines have been proven to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths.

“The world may never be the way it was before the pandemic, and we will still have a winter wave this year in some cases, but from a COVID-19 perspective there are many reasons to believe that things will be a lot different in 2022. will be better than they have been for us for the past two years.”

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—with Associated Press files


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