“We do not want to resort to lockdowns,” RIA Novosti quoted Gebreyesus as saying.

He stated that "this is the last resort in emergencies."

According to him, "a comprehensive package of measures is needed to achieve a balance between freedom, access to livelihoods and the promotion of the safety and health of the most vulnerable groups of the population."

“Ending this pandemic does not depend on vaccines alone.

It depends on the use of vaccines and other means, "- said the head of the WHO.

Earlier, virologist Yevgeny Timakov, in an interview with FAN, gave a forecast regarding the situation with COVID-19 before the New Year holidays.