A virtual health forum organized by the World Government Summit convened on Monday, discussing the world’s response to COVID-19 and how countries around the world can move forward.
The event, organized by Dubai, included a word by the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom and a discussion between the health ministers of the UAE, Sweden, and Norway.
The global coronavirus pandemic has been exacerbated by politicization, the World Health Organization’s director general said.
Norway’s Health Minister Bent Hoie said that the global coronavirus outbreak is far from over, and that a return to normality is only possible in the presence of a vaccine.
“This outbreak is far from over. Norway will continue to work with others to come out of this crisis as a stronger global community,” Hoeie said.
Swedish Health Minister Lena Hallengren said the world has to be prepared for a second wave of the virus and long-term, less-restrictive measures are the way.
More than 8.99 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 468,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.