The WHO said on Friday that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would be felt for decades, as its emergency commission assessed the situation six months after voicing its topical concern about the epidemic.
The new coronavirus has killed nearly 675,000 people and infected at least 1
The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee, consisting of 18 members and 12 advisers, is meeting for the fourth time during the COVID-19 crisis.
“It is sobering to think that six months ago, when I recommended that I declare a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China.” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes said. when the meeting started.
“The pandemic is a health crisis once a century, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come.”
The Committee may propose new recommendations or amend existing ones.
However, there is little doubt that the WHO will maintain pandemic status as PHEIC – the highest level of alert – first announced on January 30.
The WHO has been sharply criticized for the length of time it takes to declare an international emergency.
The United States, which has accused the organization of being too close to China, officially began withdrawing from the organization in July.
The agency has also been criticized for recommendations that are considered late or contradictory, in particular regarding the wearing of masks or the ways in which the virus is transmitted.
– Unanswered questions –
“Many scientific questions have been resolved; many remain to be answered,” Tedros said.
“Early results from serological tests paint a consistent picture: most people around the world remain susceptible to the virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks.
“Many countries that believed the worst was over are now struggling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing an increasing number of cases and deaths. And some that have had large outbreaks have brought them under control. “
Heavily restrictive blockades forced to tackle the pandemic earlier this year have caused economic turmoil, and an effective vaccine may be the only long-term solution to the highly contagious respiratory disease.
“Although vaccine development is happening at a record rate, we need to learn to live with this virus and we need to fight the tools we have,” Tedros said.
(This story was not edited by NDTV employees and is automatically generated by a syndicated feed.)