The end of the Covid-19 pandemic is in sight, says WHO director-general, “let’s seize this opportunity”


The world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

“Last week, the number of reported weekly deaths from Covid-19 was the lowest since March 2020,” he said. “We’ve never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight.

“A marathon does not stop when the finish line is in sight; it makes it harder with all the energy it has left,” said Tedros. “So do we. We see the finish line, we are in a position to win, but now is the worst time to stop running. Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work.”

There is a risk of further variation, death, disruption and uncertainty, he said, “so let’s seize this opportunity.”

The WHO released six policy briefs on Wednesday, which outline key actions governments should take to end the pandemic. The briefs are based on evidence and experience from the last 32 months and provide guidance to save lives, protect health systems and prevent social and economic disruption. “They are an urgent call for governments to take a hard look at their policies and strengthen them for Covid-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential,” said Tedros.

Although official case counts have been significantly underestimated, the trend has been a steady decline in cases both globally and in the US.

According to the latest WHO update, the number of weekly cases is falling in all regions, with an overall decrease of 28% compared to a week ago. And in the United States, cases have been steadily falling over the past two months, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The WHO’s weekly epidemiological update said on Wednesday that there were just over 11,000 deaths between September 5 and 11, down 22% from the previous week.

They decreased in five WHO regions: 31% in the European Region, 25% in the South-East Asia Region, 22% in the Americas Region, 11% in the Western Pacific Region and 10% in the Eastern Mediterranean. the region Deaths increased by 10% in the African Region.

The US had the highest weekly death toll followed by Japan, Russia, Brazil and the Philippines.

Overall, there were more than 6.4 million deaths worldwide on 9/11.

About two-thirds of the world’s population – and the same in the US, to be exact – are vaccinated with at least the initial series. But large disparities in Covid-19 vaccination rates remain among lower-income countries, and rates are now changing little, especially in the US.

Forecasts published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that new hospitalizations and deaths will remain stable over the next month.