Coronavirus [COVID-19] – WHO Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

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Coronavirus [COVID-19] – WHO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Weekly Epidemiological and Operational updates
Last update: 2 Jul 2021
Confirmed cases :: 185 291 530 [week ago: 182 319 261]
Confirmed deaths :: 4 010 834 [week ago 3 954 324]
Vaccine doses administered: 3 078 787 056 [week ago: 2 950 104 812]

 

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Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 7 July 2021
7 July 2021
Variants are currently winning the race against vaccines because of inequitable vaccine production and distribution, which also threatens the global economic recovery.
I have called repeatedly for 10 percent of people in all countries to be vaccinated by September and for that figure to rise to 40 percent by the end of the year. It would position the world on the path to vaccinating 70 percent of the people in all countries by the middle of 2022.   
I call on the G20 Finance Ministers and other leaders to get behind these targets collectively because it is the fastest way to end the acute stage of the pandemic, save lives and livelihoods and drive a truly global economic recovery.
At present, IL-6 receptor blockers remain inaccessible and unaffordable for the majority of the world but it’s within the power of governments and manufacturers to change that. Going forward, it is key that the therapeutic arm of the ACT-Accelerator is fully funded so further research and development can uncover more lifesaving medicines for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Tomorrow, I will join Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, along with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore and other leaders to discuss the impact of violence on the mental health of children. As well as looking to accelerate the end of this pandemic, giving children the support they need must be a top priority as we come out of it.
Finally, we’re shocked by the tragic news from Haiti and want to pass on our deep condolences for the passing of President of Haiti, Jovenal Moïse.  

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.       

The world is at a perilous point in this pandemic. We have just passed the tragic milestone of 4 million recorded COVID-19 deaths, which likely underestimates the overall toll.

Some countries with high vaccination coverage are now planning to rollout booster shots in the coming months and are dropping public health social measures and relaxing as though the pandemic is already over.

However, compounded by fast moving variants and shocking inequity in vaccination, far too many countries in every region of the world are seeing sharp spikes in cases and hospitalisation.

This is leading to an acute shortage of oxygen, treatments and driving a wave of death in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

Vaccine nationalism, where a handful of nations have taken the lion’s share, is morally indefensible and an ineffective public health strategy against a respiratory virus that is mutating quickly and becoming increasingly effective at moving from human-to-human.

At this stage in the pandemic, the fact that millions of health and care workers have still not been vaccinated is abhorrent.

Variants are currently winning the race against vaccines because of inequitable vaccine production and distribution, which also threatens the global economic recovery. It didn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way going forward.

From a moral, epidemiological or economic point view, now is the time for the world to come together to tackle this pandemic collectively.

Later this week, G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors will meet. This is another crucial opportunity for leaders to take urgent steps to end the acute stage of this pandemic, providing the necessary funding to scale up the equitable manufacturing and distribution of health tools.

 

I have called repeatedly for 10 percent of people in all countries to be vaccinated by September and for that figure to rise to 40 percent by the end of the year. It would position the world on the path to vaccinating 70 percent of the people in all countries by the middle of 2022. 

I call on the G20 Finance Ministers and other leaders to get behind these targets collectively because it is the fastest way to end the acute stage of the pandemic, save lives and livelihoods and drive a truly global economic recovery…

 

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Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 5 July 2021
Overview
In this edition of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:Donating medical masks to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries
Handing over of a Control Room at COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital in Nepal
Convening a high-level meeting on post-COVID conditions in Greece
Strengthening partnerships with media in the Syrian Arab Republic to improve communication on COVID-19 vaccines
Online learning to support operationalization of a One Health Approach in countries and a new framework to support countries in strengthening health emergency preparedness
Progress on a subset of indicators from the SPRP 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
Updates on WHO’s financing to support countries in SPRP 2021 implementation and provision of critical supplies.
Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 6 July 2021
Overview
Last week, the number of new cases increased slightly, while the number of new deaths continued to decrease, with over 2.6 million new cases and just under 54 000 new deaths reported globally. This is the lowest weekly mortality figure since early October 2020. The cumulative number of cases reported globally now exceeds 183 million and the number of deaths is almost 4 million. Last week, all Regions reported an increase in new cases except for the Americas. The European Region reported a sharp increase in incidence (30%) whereas African region reported a sharp increase in mortality (23%) when compared to the previous week. All Regions, with the exception of the Americas and South-East Asia, reported an increase in the number of deaths last week.
In this edition, a special focus update on the variants is provided, which includes updates on emerging evidence surrounding the phenotypic characteristics of VOCs (transmissibility, disease severity, risk of reinfection, and impacts on diagnostics and vaccine performance), updates on the geographic distribution of VOCs and on the variant classification. It also includes the variant working definitions, as well as other variants and amino acid changes under monitoring.

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Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process 26 June 2021
For 22 vaccine candidates, presents Manufacturer, Name of Vaccine, NRA of Record, Platform, EOI Accepted Status, Pre-submission Meeting Held Status, Dossier Accepted for Review, Status of Assessment; Anticipated/Completed Decision Date
[Update posted 02 July 2021; click on the link above for full scale view]