“We’ve got by no means been in a greater place to finish the pandemic”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised journalists throughout his common weekly press convention.
The UN well being company’s Director-Basic defined nevertheless, that the world is “not there but”.
End line in sight
“A marathon runner doesn’t cease when the end line comes into view. She runs tougher, with all of the power she has left. So should we. We are able to see the end line. We’re in a successful place. However now could be the worst time to cease working”, he underscored.
He additionally warned that if the world doesn’t take the chance now, there’s nonetheless a danger of extra variants, deaths, disruption, and uncertainty.
“So, let’s seize this chance”, he urged, saying that WHO is releasing six quick coverage briefs that define the important thing actions that every one governments should take now to “end the race”.
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The coverage briefs are a abstract, primarily based on the proof and expertise of the final 32 months, outlining what works finest to save lots of lives, defend well being programs, and keep away from social and financial disruption.
“[They] are an pressing name for governments to take a tough have a look at their insurance policies and strengthen them for COVID-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential”, Tedros defined.
The paperwork, which are available online, embody suggestions relating to vaccination of most at-risk teams, continued testing and sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and integrating efficient remedy for COVID-19 into main healthcare programs.
In addition they urge authorities to have plans for future surges, together with the securing of provides, gear, and further well being employees.
The briefs additionally comprise communications recommendation, together with coaching well being employees to establish and handle misinformation, in addition to creating high-quality informative supplies.
Dedicated to the long run
Tedros underscored that WHO has been working since New 12 months’s Eve 2019 to struggle towards the unfold of COVID and can proceed to take action till the pandemic is “actually over”.
“We are able to finish this pandemic collectively, however provided that all international locations, producers, communities and people step up and seize this chance”, he mentioned.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, highlighted that the virus remains to be “ intensely circulating” all over the world and that the company believes that case numbers being reported are an underestimate.
“We count on that there are going to be future waves of an infection, probably at completely different time factors all through the world attributable to completely different subvariants of Omicron and even completely different variants of concern”, she mentioned, reiterating her earlier warning that the extra the virus circulates, the extra alternatives it has to mutate.
Nonetheless, she mentioned, these future waves don’t must translate into “waves or demise” as a result of there at the moment are efficient instruments comparable to vaccines and antivirals particularly for COVID-19.