On Monday 18th May 2020, Ghebreyesus, whilst addressing world leaders who had gathered for the first virtual session of the World Health Assembly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, announced, “If this virus is teaching us anything, it’s humility. Time for humility.”
The former Ethiopian Minister of Health conceded, “For all the economic, military and technological might of nations, we have been humbled by this very small microbe.”
The Director General’s assertion corroborates with the prophetic declaration made by the founder of Emmanuel TV, Prophet T.B. Joshua at the beginning of 2020, weeks before news of this novel coronavirus infection began to spread.
Speaking through Emmanuel TV on January 5, 2020, Joshua said, “This year will be a year of HUMILITY. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction… To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God”.
In the same prophecy, the Nigerian cleric warned of serious economic backlash worldwide and spoke of a sickness surfacing which leaders initially tried to cover.
In his address, Ghebreyesus equally spoke of the dire toll COVID-19 has taken both in terms of life and livelihoods.
“Lives and livelihoods have been lost or upended. Hundreds of millions of people have lost their jobs. Fear and uncertainty abound. The global economy is headed for its sharpest contraction since the Great Depression,” he stated.
“The pandemic has brought out the best – and worst – of humanity: Fortitude and fear; solidarity and suspicion; rapport and recrimination. This contagion exposes the fault lines, inequalities, injustices and contradictions of our modern world. It has highlighted our strengths, and our vulnerabilities,” he further detailed.
Ghebreyesus then welcomed the call for an independent probe into the response to the pandemic saying learning was important.
In related news, the British Physician and former Director at the World Health Organisation, Prof Karol Sikora, said there is a “real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed.
Sikora, who spoke via Twitter, added that statistics showed the virus was “petering out by itself.”
This also correlates with TB Joshua’s declaration about COVID-19 from its onset. On April 20th 2020, he declared via Facebook: “Thank God that nature is fighting back; nature is eliminating it in its own way. It is getting to its peak and is coming down. Naturally, it will go the way it came.”
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