COVID-19 is no longer global health emergency: World Health Organization

LONDON – COVID-19 no longer represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Friday, a major step towards the end of the pandemic that has killed more than 6.9 million people, disrupted the global economy and ravaged communities.

“Yesterday, the Emergency Committee met for the 15th time and recommended to me that I declare an end to the public health emergency of international concern. I’ve accepted that advice. It’s therefore with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization’s emergency committee declared that COVID-19 was at its highest level of alert, which helped to draw international attention to the health threat and encourage collaboration on vaccines and treatments. Now, over three years later, the WHO has lifted this status, indicating the progress that has been made in these areas.

However, the WHO has also stated that COVID-19 will remain present, even if it is no longer considered an emergency. According to WHO data, the death rate has decreased significantly from its peak of over 100,000 people per week in January 2021 to just over 3,500 people in the week ending on April 24.

Last year, U.S. President Joe Biden said the pandemic was over. Like a number of other countries, the world’s biggest economy has begun dismantling its domestic state of emergency for COVID, meaning it will stop paying for things like vaccines.


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