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VERA FILES FACT SHEET: When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Two years into the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Duterte administration has signaled the country’s “shift” from a “pandemic paradigm” to learning how to live with the virus in 2022.

“Our policy to safely reopen the economy has accelerated our recovery and moderated the impact of the pandemic on the poor,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said in a press conference in December last year.

However, highlighting the “twin threats” of the Delta and Omicron virus variants now infecting the public, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has cautioned that the virus will “continue to evolve and threaten our health systems if we don’t improve the collective response.”

Will the virus ever go away? When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

VERA Files Fact Check spoke with an epidemiologist to answer these questions. Watch this video:


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World Health Organization, Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 response

World Health Organization, WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard

Department of Health, Beat COVID-19 Media Forum, Nov. 22, 2021

Vox, How you’ll know when Covid-19 has gone from “pandemic” to “endemic”, Oct. 22, 2021

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Principles of Epidemiology | Lesson 1 – Section 11.

On the 1918 flu pandemic

On the Delta variant

On the Omicron variant

On government’s vaccination target

Philippine Statistics Authority, 2021 First Semester Official Poverty Statistics Press Conference, Dec. 17, 2021

World Health Organization, Media briefing on COVID-19, Dec. 29, 2021


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