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COVID-19 Emergency Committee highlights want for response efforts over long run

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General below the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth assembly on 31 July. In its assertion following the assembly, revealed immediately, it expressed “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts.”  

After a full dialogue and assessment of the proof, the Committee unanimously agreed that the outbreak nonetheless constitutes a public well being emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC) and provided this recommendation to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Dr Tedros accepted the recommendation of the Committee and confirmed that the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to represent a PHEIC. The Director-General declared a PHEIC—WHO’s highest degree of alarm below IHR—on 30 January at a time when there have been fewer than 100 circumstances and no deaths outdoors China. He issued the Committee’s recommendation to States Parties as Temporary Recommendations below the IHR. 

The pandemic is a once-in-a-century well being disaster, the consequences of which can be felt for many years to return,” Dr Tedros told the Committee in his opening remarks on Friday. “Many international locations that believed they had been previous the worst are actually grappling with new outbreaks. Some that had been much less affected within the earliest weeks are actually seeing escalating numbers of circumstances and deaths. And some that had massive outbreaks have introduced them below management.” 

The Committee made a spread of suggestions to each WHO and State Parties. It suggested WHO to proceed to mobilize international and regional multilateral organizations and companions for COVID-19 preparedness and response, to help Member States in sustaining well being companies, whereas accelerating the analysis and eventual entry to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. 

It suggested international locations to help these analysis efforts, together with via funding, and to hitch in efforts to permit equitable allocation of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines by participating within the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator amongst different initiatives.

The committee additionally suggested international locations to strengthen public well being surveillance for case identification and contact tracing, together with in low-resource, weak, or high-risk settings and to keep up important well being companies with adequate funding, provides, and human assets. 

Countries had been suggested to implement proportionate measures and recommendation on journey, primarily based on threat assessments, and to assessment these measures repeatedly.

The Committee’s assertion, with additional particulars of the assembly and their suggestions, is obtainable right here

An inventory of the Committee members is obtainable right here


The Emergency Committee can be reconvened once more inside three months or earlier, on the discretion of the Director-General.

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