The COVID-19 pandemic is ‘most certainly not over,’ WHO’s health chief says – CBC

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The COVID-19 pandemic is ‘most certainly not over,’ WHO’s health chief says – CBC

by tmnationtalk on May 23, 202241 Views

Almost 1 billion people in lower-income countries still not vaccinated: UN agency

May 22, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the Omicron wave. He told governments that “we lower our guard at our peril.”

The United Nations health agency’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for the opening of the WHO’s annual meeting that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.” He also noted that almost one billion people in lower-income countries still haven’t been vaccinated.

In a weekly report issued Thursday on the global situation, WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases appears to have stabilized after weeks of decline since late March, and the overall number of weekly deaths dropped.

While there has been progress, with 60 per cent of the world’s population vaccinated, “it’s not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere,” Tedros said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/covid-pandemic-who-1.6462742

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