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GAVI CEO says ‘tough’ time to end COVID-19 emergency

GENEVA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The head of the GAVI vaccine alliance suggested on Monday it was too early to end the COVID-19 emergency, saying that the pandemic “could get worse”.

In response to a question about whether the World Health Organization chief should end the COVID-19 emergency phase, Dr. Seth Berkley said the situation “could conceivably get worse”.

“So I would guess you know that [WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus] Dr. Tedros is thinking about this global situation, which could conceivably get worse. It could get better. We don’t know where it’s going. It seems like a tough time to stop that emergency,” he told reporters.

Reporting by Emma Farge Editing by Paul Carrel

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Source: Reuters