The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) for COVID-19 has concluded in its last meeting that the pandemic is still “far from its end”, which is why it has chosen to maintain the international emergency against the coronavirus , declared on January 30, 2020.
As reported by the WHO today, the ninth meeting of the expert committee, which is convened every three months to analyze the future of the health crisis, unanimously agreed that the coronavirus continues to have the potential to be transmitted internationally and still requires a global responsel.
The persistence of the international alert implies the need for all States to continue implementing responses to COVID-19, which include measures of physical distance, vaccination, rapid diagnosis and treatments, the committee said in a statement.
He also reiterated the appeal made in recent months by the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, so that 40% of the population of all countries is vaccinated before the end of 2021, a rate that many developing economies are still far from reaching.
In this sense, the committee, made up of 19 experts and chaired by Frenchman Didier Houssin, expressed concern about the difficulties in responding to the pandemic facing Africa, despite being officially the region with the fewest cases on the planet (six million, out of a global total of 243 million).
The committee reiterated its call for countries to analyze the possible risks of transmission in large mass events and on international travel., although it recommended that proof of vaccination is not the only possible way for a traveler to travel to another country.
The pandemic has caused almost five million deaths in twenty-two months, and although in the last two months there has been a general decrease in cases and deaths worldwide, everything indicates that this week there will be an increase in both indicators, mainly due to the rebound of contagions in Europe.