The head of the World Health Organization is warning that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and says it is dangerous to assume that Omicron is the last or “we are in the endgame”, calling the pandemic’s acute phase This year may also end.
“If certain key goals are met. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out a series of achievements and concerns in global health on issues such as reducing tobacco use, fighting resistance to antimicrobial treatments and the risks of climate change on human health. But he said “ending the acute phase of the pandemic should be our collective priority”.
“There are different scenarios for how the pandemic might play out and how the acute phase may end,” Tedros said at the start of the WHO. But it is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the final version or that we are in the endgame. ” Executive board meeting this week.
“In contrast, globally, conditions are ideal for more forms to emerge. But he stressed that “we can end COVID-19 as a global health emergency, and we can do it this year, By reaching goals such as the WHO. Aim to vaccinate 70 percent of each country’s population by the middle of this year, focusing on those at highest risk of COVID-19, and to track the virus and its emerging forms. To improve testing and sequencing rates for more closely.
“It is true that we will live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future and we need to learn to manage it through a consistent and integrated approach to acute respiratory diseases” to help prepare for future pandemics, he said. . “But learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean that we give this virus a free ride. It may not mean that we accept the nearly 50,000 deaths a week from a preventable and treatable disease. Huh.”
Strongly speaking, Tedros also called for strengthening the WHO and increasing funding for it to help address health crises. “Let me say this very clearly: if the current funding model continues, the WHO is being set up to fail. A paradigm shift in world health is now needed, in funding the World Health Organization. Must match a paradigm shift.” said.
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