Geneva, August 2
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic nonetheless constitutes a public well being emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC), and long-term response efforts are wanted given an anticipated prolonged period of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned.
The WHO Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus underneath the International Health Regulations (IHR), held its fourth assembly on Friday (July 31), WHO mentioned in a web based assertion launched on Saturday, Xinhua information company reported.
The committee unanimously agreed that the outbreak nonetheless constitutes a PHEIC, and famous the significance of “sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts,” mentioned the assertion.
Tedros had declared a PHEIC, WHO’s highest degree of alarm underneath IHR, on Jan. 30 at a time when there have been fewer than 100 instances and no deaths exterior China. He issued the committee’s recommendation to States Parties as Temporary Recommendations underneath the IHR, in response to the assertion.
“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” Tedros informed the committee in his opening remarks on Friday.
“Many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths. And some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control,” Tedros mentioned.
The Emergency Committee suggested WHO to proceed to mobilize world and regional multilateral organizations and companions for COVID-19 preparedness and response, to help member states in sustaining well being providers, whereas accelerating the analysis and eventual entry to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.
The committee suggested nations to help these analysis efforts, together with by funding, and to affix in efforts to permit equitable allocation of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines by partaking within the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator amongst different initiatives.
The committee additionally suggested nations to strengthen public well being surveillance for case identification and phone tracing, together with in low-resource, weak, or high-risk settings and to keep up important well being providers with ample funding, provides, and human sources.–IANS