Covid-19: why the WHO predicts a “very long” pandemic

The emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) met for the fourth time this Friday to examine the evolution of the Covid-19 crisis. The institution predicted a pandemic “very long”. She therefore reiterated the importance of maintaining efforts at national, regional and global level.

“The pandemic is a unique health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades”, announced Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Many countries that thought they had passed the worst are now stricken by new epidemics. Some who were less affected in the first few weeks are now seeing the number of cases and deaths increase. And some countries which had major epidemics have brought them under control “, he added during his opening speech of the committee.

Covid-19: the emergency committee recommends accelerating research

After several hours of discussion, the WHO emergency committee concluded that the health crisis still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Members of the committee called on WHO to forward new recommendations to member countries to better control the spread of the pandemic.

The committee advised WHO to accelerate research and promote access to diagnostics, therapies and future vaccines. The emergency committee also recommended that various points be clarified such as the modes of spread of the virus, its potential mutations and the duration of immunity.

The next meeting of the emergency committee will take place in three months. “Many scientific questions have been resolved, many are still waiting to be resolved “, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In a press release, the WHO committee asked member countries to strengthen the surveillance and identification of patients with Covid-19, but also contact cases.



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