Monday, June 27, 2022

WHO chief: COVID pandemic ‘definitely not over’

placeholder when text actions are loaded

BERLIN – The head of the World Health Organization warned on Sunday that the COVID-19 pandemic is “definitely not over”, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the Omicron wave. He told governments that “we reduce our risk.”

The director general of the UN health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for the opening of the WHO’s annual meeting that “the decline in testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.” ” He also said that about 1 billion people in low-income countries are still not vaccinated.

Read Also:  Smith youngest hat-trick for US women since '00 to 9-1 route'

In a weekly report on Thursday on the global situation, the WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases has stabilized after weeks of decline since the end of March, while the overall number of weekly deaths declined.

While progress has been made, with 60% of the world’s population vaccinated, “it’s not going to end anywhere unless it’s everywhere,” Tedros said.

“Reported cases are rising in about 70 countries across all regions, and this is in a world in which testing rates have fallen,” he said.

Reported deaths are increasing in Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccination coverage, and only 57 countries – almost all of them wealthy – have vaccinated 70% of their people.

Read Also:  Elon Musk is wrong: research shows content rules on Twitter help preserve free speech from bots and other manipulation

He said that while the world’s vaccine supply has improved, some countries have “insufficient political commitment to vaccines”, others have “differences in operational or financial capacity”.

“Overall, we see vaccine hesitation driven by misinformation and disinformation,” Tedros said. “The pandemic won’t magically disappear, but we can end it.”

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

Follow all Associated Press stories on the pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic.

Nation World News Desk
Nation World News Deskhttps://nationworldnews.com
Nation World News is the fastest emerging news website covering all the latest news, world’s top stories, science news entertainment sports cricket’s latest discoveries, new technology gadgets, politics news, and more.
Latest news
Related news
- Advertisement -