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WHO hopes coronavirus can be over in two years, Tedros says

GENEVA, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus crisis can be over in less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

The Spanish flu that hit in 1918 took two years to end, he said.

“Our situation now with more technology, 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.”

More than 22.81 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 793,382 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Michael Shields; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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