Opinion: End of pandemic in sight; we must trust but verify

Bret Carlson / The New York Times File Photo — A pharmacist prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Nashville on May 13, 2021.

"WHO says pandemic end in sight"

The headline above on this newspaper's from page Thursday sounded like an updated version of the famous Abbott and Costello routine about baseball, but it could be serious good news.

Just two problems.

WHO said it. The World Health Organization, that's who. And the world has lost much trust in the global agency for its pronouncements about the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two and a half years. Ditto for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. Though both organizations likely did the best they could with the information they had, the fact that they got some big things wrong at critical periods has made people skeptical about taking information from global or national health agencies to heart.

The second problem is found in the words "end in sight."