COVID-19 remains an international emergency: WHO

January 31, 2023 | 11:59 a.m.

The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that, after three years, the pandemic of COVID-19 is still considered an international public health emergencyso it keeps her at a maximum alert level.

The announcement by the director general of the world body, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, comes after the Emergency Committee will determine that the coronavirus can still have a representative impact on public health.

The above due to high number of registered deaths compared to other diseases that attack the respiratory tractin addition to the lack of vaccination in low- and middle-income countries, and the uncertainty generated by the new variants.

The executive shared the opinion of the Committee that the pandemic is probably at a transition pointa situation that must be navigated carefully to mitigate the possible negative consequences.

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Development of mechanisms

The Committee recommended that WHO consult its partners and stakeholders on the subject of the pandemic so that a proposal for alternative mechanisms to maintain attention on the COVID-19.

The WHO Secretariat was also requested to provide a assessment of regulatory implications for the development and licensing of additional vaccinesdiagnostic methods and therapeutic means in case the emergency ends in the coming months.

WHO was also encouraged to assess and, if necessary, expedite the integration of COVID-19 surveillance into the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System.

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