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THREE-DARK-YEARS: WHO finally Declares an End to the historic COVID Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organisation, on May 5th 2023, called off it’s Global COVID emergency almost three years after the historic announcement was on January 30, 2020.

It then advised nations to handle the virus, which claimed the lives of more than 6.9 million people, together with other infectious diseases. The World Health Organization’s emergency committee met on Thursday and recommended that the UN organization declare the end of the coronavirus outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern” – its highest level of alert – which has been in place since January 30, 2020.

The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “It is therefore with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency.” He noted that the emergency’s termination did not mean COVID was no longer a danger to the world’s health.

Some WHO members were upset during a protracted conference call to brief the press on the decision and asked nations to consider the lessons learnt during the pandemic. We must not overlook the burning pyres. We mustn’t overlook the graves that were uncovered. Nobody in this room will ever forget them, according to Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical head on COVID-19.

According to data provided by the WHO, the COVID death rate has decreased from a peak of more than 100,000 per week in January 2021 to just over 3,500 in the week ending April 24, 2023. This decrease is attributable to widespread immunization, the availability of better therapies, and a degree of population protection from earlier infections. 

The conflict is still ongoing. We still have vulnerabilities, and either this virus or another virus will expose those vulnerabilities that we still have in our system. The WHO’s emergency management director, Michael Ryan, stressed that it has to be corrected. While it did start using the word for COVID in March 2020, the WHO does not formally mark the start or conclusion of pandemics.

The majority of the time, a pandemic ends when the next one starts, according to Ryan. The pandemic was declared over by US President Joe Biden last year. The biggest economy in the world has started to end its domestic COVID state of emergency, which formally ends on May 11. As a result, many individuals will no longer receive vaccines and testing will no longer be covered by government funding, and responsibility will instead fall to the private sector.

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