The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, doubted the disappearance of the coronavirus in 2021.
Vujnovic said she hoped the pandemic could be stopped as early as next year, but she believes the world will not be rid of the infection anytime soon. “What a pandemic is, it means many people around the globe getting sick at the same time. But the virus will stay with us. I’m afraid we won’t be rid of the ‘crown’ so soon,” she said.
According to Vujnovic, the vaccines currently being developed will not lose their effectiveness with coronavirus mutations. She added that mutation of the virus is a normal manifestation. “It’s very important to understand that not every change in the genome of a virus means a change in its behavior,” she stressed.
On Dec. 15, Vujnovich spoke about the phenomenon of low mortality rates in Russia amid a large number of people infected. She noted that Russia ranks fourth in the world in the number of detected cases of infection, but due to the good work of the health system, there is a relatively low mortality rate. The situation is similar in Germany and some other countries.