The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization held an emergency meeting regarding the situation with the coronavirus pandemic in the world. The pandemic will be long-term, so global efforts need to be strengthened. This is stated in the release of the emergency committee of the WHO.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus outbreak is still a public health emergency, which is why he is declaring a high alert under the 2005 International Health Regulations.
“Many countries thought they had overcome the worst, but are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some of them that were less affected in the first weeks are now facing increasing numbers of infections and deaths. And some, which immediately had large outbreaks, took them under control," he stressed.
The Emergency Committee recommended that states continue to mobilize forces to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, support all research efforts, including through funding, and join forces to ensure equitable distribution of diagnostics and vaccines.
Countries are also encouraged to apply proportionate travel measures based on risk assessments and review these measures regularly.
As we reported before, the European Commission has reached a preliminary agreement with the Sanofi-GSK pharmaceutical company to purchase a potential COVID-19 vaccine