The COVID-19 pandemic is ‘certainly not over’
The COVID-19 pandemic is ‘certainly not over’

The COVID-19 pandemic is ‘certainly not over’

The COVID-19 pandemic is “probably not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned on Sunday despite a drop in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. He told the governments that “we are lowering our guard on our danger.” Related video above: WHO estimates nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19 UN Director General Health Agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told officials gathered in Geneva to open the WHO annual meeting that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blind even for the development of the virus. ” He also noted that nearly 1 billion people in lower-income countries have still not been vaccinated. In a weekly report on Thursday on the global situation, the WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases appears to have stabilized after weeks of decline since late. March, while the total number of weekly deaths fell. Although there have been advances where 60% of the world’s population has been vaccinated, “it is not over anywhere until it is over everywhere,” Tedros said. “The reported cases are rising in nearly 70 countries in all regions, and this in a world where test rates have plummeted,” he added. Reported deaths are rising in Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccination coverage, he said, and only 57 countries – almost all wealthy – have vaccinated 70% of their people. While the world’s vaccine supply has improved, there is “insufficient political commitment to roll out vaccines” in some countries, gaps in “operational or financial capacity” in others, he said. “Overall, we see vaccine hesitation driven by misinformation and misinformation,” Tedros said. “The pandemic will not magically go away, but we can end it.” Tedros is expected to be appointed for another five-year term this week at the World Health Assembly , the annual meeting of WHO member countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic is “probably not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned on Sunday despite a drop in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. He told the governments that “we are lowering our guard on our danger.”

Related video above: WHO estimates nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19

The UN health agency’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for the opening of the WHO annual meeting that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blind to the evolution of the virus.” He also noted that nearly 1 billion people in lower-income countries have still not been vaccinated.

In a weekly report on Thursday on the global situation, the WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases appears to have stabilized after weeks of decline since the end of March, while the total number of weekly deaths fell.

While there has been progress, with 60% of the world’s population vaccinated, “it is not over anywhere until it is over everywhere,” Tedros said.

“The reported cases are increasing in almost 70 countries in all regions, and this in a world where the test rate has plummeted,” he added.

The reported deaths are rising in Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccination coverage, he said, and only 57 countries – almost all affluent – have vaccinated 70% of their population.

While the world’s vaccine supply has improved, there is “insufficient political commitment to roll out vaccines” in some countries, gaps in “operational or financial capacity” in others, he said.

“Overall, we see the hesitation with vaccines driven by misinformation and misinformation,” Tedros said. “The pandemic will not magically go away, but we can end it.”

Tedros is expected to be appointed for another five-year term this week at the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of WHO member countries.

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