(ORDO NEWS) — The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared one.
The WHO Emergency Committee first declared COVID-19 on January 30, 2020. Such a decision could help accelerate research, funding and international public health efforts to contain the disease.
In recent months, the UN agency has said that while cases are declining in some regions of the world, countries still need to remain vigilant and push for the vaccination of the most vulnerable populations.
“While the public believes that the pandemic is over in some parts of the world, it remains a public health event that continues to negatively and severely affect the health of the world’s population,” the WHO committee said.
He noted that although the number of weekly deaths is the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic, it still remains high compared to other viruses.
“This pandemic has surprised us before and may well surprise us again,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.
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