The Spanish flu that hit in 1918 took two years to end, he said.
"Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast," he said.
"At the same time we have the technology and knowledge to stop it."
- I will hand over to Dr. Tedros. Dr. Tedros.
TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS: Of course, with more connectedness, the virus has a better chance of spreading. It can move fast, because we are more connected now. But at the same time, we have also the technology to-- to stop it and the knowledge to stop it.
So we have a disadvantage of globalization, closeness, connectedness, but an advantage of better technology. So we hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years, especially if we can pull our efforts together and with national unity, global solidarity, that's really key with utilizing the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools, like vaccine. I think we can finish it shorter-- shorter in a shorter time than the 1918 flu.
- Yes, thank you, Imogene, and thanks for the question.