WHO committee advises on end of corona public health emergency

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GENEVA (dpa-AFX) – On Friday, international experts began consultations on a possible lifting of the international corona health emergency. The decision will probably be announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on Monday at the earliest, according to WHO circles.

According to a WHO spokeswoman, the virtual meeting of the so-called Corona Emergency Committee first featured the presentation of current pandemic data and then the debate. The session was not expected to end until Friday evening at the earliest. The committee then makes a recommendation to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who then independently makes a decision for or against repeal.

Tedros had emphasized this week that he was concerned about the continuing increase in weekly corona deaths. According to WHO figures, more than 170,000 people worldwide have died since the beginning of December after being infected with Covid-19. According to the WHO, however, there are numerous effective tools against the virus in the form of vaccines, medication, masks and social distancing.

The declaration of a state of emergency is the highest level of alert that WHO can impose. It does this when there are threats, so that governments and the public are roused and prepared. Neither the declaration nor the lifting of a state of emergency – officially “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) – has any immediate consequences. Each country decides for itself how to manage its crisis.

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