The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to end this year as a “public health emergency,” according to the World Health Organization
The director of the World Health Organization announced on Friday that he was “confident” of COVID-19 pandemic It will end in 2023.
Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remarks to reporters at a press conference in Geneva.
“We are definitely in a much better position than we have been at any time during the pandemic,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus said.
He noted that in the past four weeks, the weekly number of deaths reported was lower than it was before the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
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He added, “I am confident that this year we will be able to say that COVID-19 has ended as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”
Worldwide, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to trend downward.
As of March 6, the number of weekly deaths is 5,048 globally.
This is a decrease of more than 26% from the previous week – and down from a peak of 102,000 deaths in January 2021, according to WHO data.
The weekly incidence of COVID-19 decreased to 812,255 globally, a decrease of 21.65% from the previous week. It peaked at 44.3 million in December 2022.
Last week, more than 5,000 deaths were reported.
In the US, as of March 15, weekly cases have fallen to 149,955, after peaking at 5.6 million on January 3. 19, 2022, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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The country’s weekly death toll reached 1,706, down from an all-time high of 23,478 on January 3rd. 13, 2021 and another increase of 17,357 in February. 2, 2022.
‘We’re not there yet’
However, despite its optimistic predictions, the World Health Organization is not quite ready to announce the end of the pandemic at this very moment.
d said. Ghebreyesus said during the briefing.
“That number is more than 5,000 for a preventable and treatable disease.”
doctor. Ghebreyesus also stressed the need to determine how the epidemic began.
“Last Sunday, the data posted to the GISAID database in late January was reported to the World Health Organization, and it has been deleted again recently,” he said.
data from Chinese Center for Disease Control and Preventionrelated to samples taken at Huanan Market in Wuhan in 2020.”
doctor. Ghebreyesus said that while this specific data does not provide a “definitive answer” to the origins of the pandemic, all information is important in achieving this goal.
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“This data could have been – and should have been – shared three years ago,” he continued. “We continue to call on China to be transparent in sharing data, conducting necessary investigations, and sharing results. Understanding how the epidemic began remains a moral and scientific imperative.”
“We are definitely in a much better place now than we have been at any time during the pandemic.”
doctor. Mark Siegel, MD, clinical professor of medicine NYU Langone Medical Center In New York City, a Fox News medical contributor said this weekend that he questions the World Health Organization’s reluctance to signal the end of the international emergency even though the number of weekly COVID deaths is lower than the pre-pandemic count.
d said. Siegel told Fox News Digital in an interview.
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“The pandemic has revealed that the World Health Organization at the highest levels is woefully inadequate.”
In January 2023, President Joe Biden announced that he would Ending the COVID emergency On May 11th.
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He had previously declared that the epidemic “ended” in September 2022.