As the novel coronavirus continues to mutate, with several emerging variants, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that the respiratory ailment “is likely here to stay with us.” As the spike in COVID cases driven by hyper transmissible delta variant continues to spread unabated across the world with the majority unvaccinated population, the WHO stressed it hopes that COVID-19 must subside as it won’t disappear but eventually fade with time like flu and other illnesses.

His remarks come after the global health agency warned that the vaccines do not guarantee that the world would eradicate COVID-19, as several instances of the breakthrough infections among the inoculated have also been observed. “This [COVID-19] can become a livable pathogen where it’s there, it circulates, you’re going to hear on the evening news about outbreaks in a dorm or a movie theater, but people go about their normal lives,” a former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb had also similarly predicted in April 2020 interview with a US broadcaster.

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