WHO declares Covid-19 still a global health emergency

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that Covid-19 remains a overall emergency, almost three years after it was first declared as such.
The WHO emergency committee made the first declaration for Covid-19 on January 30, 2020. Such determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public assistance health measures to contain a disease.
The UN agency has said in recent months that while cases are falling in some parts of the world, countries still need to maintain vigilance and push to get their most vulnerable populations vaccinated.
“Although the public perception is that the pandemic is over in some parts of the world, it remains a public health event that continues to negatively and strongly affect the health of the world’s population,” the WHO committee said. .
He noted that even though the number of weekly deaths is the lowest since the start of the pandemic, it still remains high compared to other viruses.
“This pandemic has surprised us before and very well could again,” said the WHO director-general. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.


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