The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the pandemic effects on coronaviruses would be felt for decades when its emergency committee assessed the situation six months after the highest alert sounded.
The new coronavirus has killed nearly 675,000 people and infected at least 17.3 million since it appeared in China last December, according to official sources compiled by AFP.
The World Health Organization Emergency Committee, which consists of 18 members and 12 advisers, met for the fourth time during the COVID-19 crisis.
“It is determined to think that six months ago, when you recommended that I declare a Public Health Emergency of International Interest (PHEIC), there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China.” WHO leader Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus said. that the meeting has begun.
“A pandemic is a health crisis that began once a century and its effects will be felt in the coming decades.”
The Committee may propose new recommendations or amend existing recommendations.
However, there is no doubt that the WHO will retain the status of a pandemic as PHEIC – its highest level of alarm – first declared on 30 January.
The WHO has been sharply criticized for taking the time to declare an international emergency.
The United States, which accused the organization of being too close to China, officially withdrew from the organization in July.
The Agency has also been criticized for making it considered to be delayed or contradictory, in particular as regards the wearing of masks or the means of transmitting the virus.
– Unanswered Questions –
“Many scientific questions have been resolved; many of them remain unanswered,” Tedros said.
“The first results from serological studies paint a consistent picture: most people in the world remain susceptible to the virus, even in areas where there have been serious outbreaks.
“Many countries that thought they had gone through the worst are now facing new outbreaks. Some, who were less affected in the first weeks, are now facing an increasing number of cases and deaths. And some that had large outbreaks got them under control. ”
Highly restrictive blockades forced to control the pandemic earlier this year have caused economic shocks, and an effective vaccine may be the only long-term solution to a highly contagious respiratory disease.
“Although vaccine development is progressing at a record pace, we need to learn to live with the virus and fight it with the tools we have,” Tedros said.
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