Covid-19, The pandemic remains a public health emergency

The WHO expert committee for the Covid emergency met in Geneva: Sars-CoV-2 continues to have an unpredictable viral evolution. Concerns are expressed that the inappropriate use of antivirals may lead to the emergence of drug-resistant variants.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a Pheic, a public health emergency of international concern. This was stated yesterday by the Director General of the WHO who met on April 11 the experts of the WHO Covid Emergency Committee gathered for their eleventh meeting since the start of the global health emergency declared on April 30. January 2020 by WHO. “I appreciated their advice – said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – and I agree that, far from being the time to let our guard down, it is the time to work even harder to save lives”.

According to the Sars-CoV-2 committee, it continues to have an unpredictable viral course, exacerbated by its widespread circulation and intense transmission in humans, as well as the widespread introduction of infection into a range of species. animal. Additionally, SARS-COV-2 continues to cause high levels of morbidity and mortality, particularly among vulnerable human populations. In this context, the Committee expressed concern that the inappropriate use of antivirals could lead to the emergence of drug-resistant variants. In addition, committee members acknowledged national, regional and global capacities to respond to the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, but noted with concern that some States Parties have relaxed available medical countermeasures and health measures. public and social (PHSM), and reduced testing, thus affecting the overall ability to monitor the evolution of the virus.

The Committee recognized that vaccination against Covid-19 is a key tool to reduce morbidity and mortality and reinforced the importance of vaccination while highlighting the challenges posed by limited vaccine protection, particularly in countries with low income, as well as declining population-wide immunity. . The Committee unanimously agreed that the Covid-19 pandemic remains an extraordinary event which continues to affect the health of people around the world and which poses an ongoing risk of international spread and interference with international traffic and which still requires a coordinated international response.

The Committee presented its updated strategic preparedness, preparedness and response plan which provides a new roadmap on how to end the Covid-19 emergency in 2022 and prepare for future events and at the same time reshaped its recommendations to all countries focusing on 11 specific actions.

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