WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will reconvene the Emergency Committee later this week in order to re-evaluate the pandemic and advise him accordingly. The relevant statement was made at the media briefing.
“When I declared a public health emergency of international concern on the 30th of January – the highest level of alarm under international law – there were less than 100 cases outside of China, and no deaths,” Ghebreyesus stated.
According to him, almost 16 million cases have now been reported to WHO, and more than 640,000 deaths. Moreover, in the past 6 weeks, the total number of cases has roughly doubled.
“The pandemic continues to accelerate,” WHO Director-General emphasized.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov stated that the mutation of the coronavirus could affect the development of a vaccine and its effectiveness.
"It is becoming more vulnerable. Although from another point of view, it is even more sensitive, we see how it spreads around the world. At the same time, what does the mutation affect? It affects, in particular, the production of the vaccine and its potential ineffectiveness," he said.