WHO declares Covid-19 no longer a global health emergency
By Jarryd Jaeger | Vancouver, BC | May 5, 2023 | 2 minute read
Exciting news! The World Health Organization has declared that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency. This announcement comes after nearly three and a half years since the virus was first labeled a public health emergency of international concern.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, the Director-General of WHO, made the announcement on Friday, stating, “It is therefore with great hope that I declare Covid-19 over as a global health emergency.”
However, Tedros also warned that this announcement should not be taken to mean the virus no longer poses a risk. “The worst thing any country can do now is to use this news as a reason to let down its guard, to dismantle the systems it has built, or to send the message to its people that Covid-19 is nothing to worry about,” he emphasized.
The WHO highlighted the fact that the pandemic had prompted countries to enhance their functional capacities, particularly related to emergency coordination, collaborative surveillance, clinical care, and risk communications and communication engagement. “Reaching the point where COVID-19 can be considered as no longer constituting a PHEIC should be seen as an accolade to international coordination and commitment to global health,” the statement added.
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