Covid warning: WHO forecasts global pandemic will continue for ‘at least one more year’

David Nabarro warns pandemic ‘set to run for a year more’

David Nabarro told LBC that coronavirus cases are surging across several continents and that wide-spread vaccination is key to overcoming the pandemic. The World Health Organisation’s Special Envoy added that world leaders must relentlessly work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 globally.

LBC’s Matt Frei asked: “When will it end? When will normality return?”

Dr Nabarro said: “It would unwise to try to be precise on the ending because we are unable to tell how the vaccine is going to roll out across the world.

“We do see surging coronavirus infections in most continents now.

“That makes me feel that globally this pandemic is set to run for at least a year more, possibly longer.

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“The way in which the situation will be manageable will be through increasing wide-spread immunisation.

“The only way we will be able to get that in place is through a global plan.”

He continued: “We have got new vaccines coming into production all the time.

“We need to have a central mechanism to help countries all move in the same direction otherwise it will be a very uneven world.

UK coronavirus cases increases by 59,937

“I am asking all world leaders to focus relentlessly on working together.

“To make sure those that need vaccination, get it.

“I don’t want to have a world where only those that are privileged get vaccinated and the rest have to wait for the crumbs.”

On Saturday the UK recorded a further 59,937 Covid related cases.

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The was also a further 1,035 coronavirus-related deaths registered.

The UK has now suffered more than 80,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

The UK is set to remain in a national lockdown until at least the middle of February.

The Government aims to have vaccinated 13 million of the most vulnerable people across Britain before lifting the restrictions.

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