Global response to Covid remains ‘asleep’: Tedros

Global response to Covid remains ‘asleep’: Tedros

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus assured Friday that the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic is due to the lack of vaccines and treatments in many countries, which “many health networks continue to suffer from to have”.

“We are definitely better positioned there than a year ago, when the Omicron variant peaked and reported 70,000 deaths weekly,” he stressed at the opening of the quarterly meeting of the Covid-19 Emergency Committee, which is to decide whether the international alarm for this disease.

At the last committee meeting in October, it was decided that an international emergency declared since January 30, 2020, “The number of deaths was close to the minimum level of the pandemic, 10,000 per week,” but since December the number has increased, Tedros recalled.

Part of this new upward trend, which resulted in 40,000 deaths last week, is due to “the lifting of restrictions in China that caused a wave of deaths in the world’s most populous nation,” the director-general said.

Tedros also lamented that laboratory surveillance and genetic sequencing of cases worldwide has been drastically reduced, making it difficult to track down possible new variants.

In addition, “public trust in Covid-19 controls (vaccines, treatments, etc.) disinformation flow,” the Ethiopian expert lamented.

The meeting of the committee of experts, chaired by Frenchman Didier Houssin, will make its recommendations, but the decision whether or not to maintain the emergency will, as in previous meetings, be taken by the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who will publish it in the coming days, although the date is not yet certain.

After more than three years of the pandemic, 664 million cases of Covid-19 have officially been recorded and 6.7 million people have died from the disease, although the WHO insists these are only confirmed cases and the real numbers could be much higher.

Source: La Neta Neta