COVID-19 May ‘Never Go Away,’ Leading WHO Official Says. According to Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, coronavirus could join the ranks of diseases that pop up annually. He made the comments at a briefing this week in Geneva. This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. , Dr. Mike Ryan, via briefing. HIV hasn’t gone away. I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear, Dr. Mike Ryan, via briefing.
Ryan adds that the effectiveness of a vaccine will depend on if COVID-19 is a long or short-term issue. We may have a shot at eliminating this virus but that vaccine will have to be available, it will have to be highly effective, it will have to be made available to everyone and we’ll have to use it, Dr. Mike Ryan, via briefing. This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not, Dr. Mike Ryan, via briefing. WHO epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove says humans can control how big a global impact COVID-19 has. The trajectory of this outbreak is in our hands, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, via briefing. Data from Johns Hopkins University says over 4.4 million have been infected worldwide. As of May 14, the coronavirus is responsible for over 301,000 deaths globally.