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World Health Organization says COVID-19 still a global health emergency

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2023. 2:43 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that COVID-19 remains a global health emergency but that the pandemic is at a transition point, CNN reports.

WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed that the public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, declaration should continue.

WHO’s advisory committee issued a statement saying that it urges the agency to propose “alternative mechanisms to maintain the global and national focus on COVID-19 after the PHEIC is terminated.”

The agency continues to urge countries that vaccination can help achieve immunity.

In addition, the agency said that countries can incorporate COVID-19 vaccines into routine care; improve disease surveillance and maintain a strong health care system.


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