WHO announces million COVID deaths in 2022 so far

The World Health Organization announces that a million people have died from COVID-19 in 2022, calling it a “tragic milestone” when all the tools exist to prevent deaths.

Nearly 6.45 million deaths have been reported to the WHO since the virus was first detected in China in late 2019.

But WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questions whether the world is really on top of the pandemic, this far in.

“We cannot say we are learning to live with COVID-19 when one million people have died with COVID-19 this year alone,” he tells a press conference. “When we are two-and-a-half years into the pandemic and have all the tools necessary to prevent these deaths.”

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