OREANDA-NEWS. The head of the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge, said that the end of the coronavirus pandemic depends on how quickly the whole world "learns to live" with the infection.

"As soon as healthcare systems stop being overloaded, the number of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 will decrease, and it will also become possible to provide other medical services in full, as it was before - then, perhaps, the pandemic will turn into endemic," he said. La Vanguardia.

Kluge stressed that one of the main obstacles now is the "stalled" vaccination in some countries, as well as an unjustified weakening of preventive measures.

“I have the impression that everyone has begun to forget what actually happened. A year ago, the entire world economy stopped,” he said indignantly.

According to the WHO, the number of people infected with coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 250 million. Now the most difficult situation is developing in the USA, India, Brazil and Great Britain. Russia ranks fifth in this list.

The third wave of coronavirus in Russia was replaced by the fourth, the chief freelance specialist in infectious diseases of the Ministry of Health, Professor Vladimir Chulanov, said a day earlier.