“There are still many countries that have an increasing number of cases, but at the global level, this is encouraging news.” He said World Health Organization Committee Chairman Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during the Agency’s biweekly briefing from Geneva.
“It shows that this virus can be controlled, even with the new variables in circulation. It shows that if we continue to follow the same proven public health measures, we can prevent infection and save lives.”
Stay on track
While welcoming the development, Tedros noted, “We’ve been here before,” and warned against complacency.
He said: “Over the past year, there have been moments in almost all countries when cases decreased, governments opened up very quickly, and individuals let their guard down, and the virus came back.”
The WHO chief stressed that with the introduction of vaccines, people everywhere must continue to take measures aimed at keeping themselves and others safe.
“It is imperative that governments enable people to make the right choices, whether that makes adherence to quarantine easier or makes workplaces safer,” he said.
“Controlling the spread of the virus saves lives now, saves lives later by reducing the chances of more variants emerging. It helps ensure that vaccines remain effective.”
Lack of data undermines response
In a new report released on Monday, the World Health Organization stressed the urgent need for better data to enhance response to the epidemic and improve health outcomes.
SCORE Global Report It provides a snapshot of the state of health information systems around the world and is the first study of its kind.
SCORE stands for Survey, Statistics, Improvement, Review and Empowerment, and the report covers 133 health information systems for the country and just under 90 percent of the world’s population.
It reveals that at the global level, four out of 10 deaths are still unrecorded, while only one death in 10 is recorded in the African region.
The World Health Organization said the lack of data worldwide limits understanding of the true impact of deaths Covid-19 The pandemic, undermining response planning.
Score a goal against COVID-19
FIFA supports the campaign to provide vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for COVID-19 in all countries.
FIFA has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the ‘Working Together’ campaign, which also promotes adherence to daily public health measures aimed at preventing HIV / AIDS Corona Virus It spreads like washing hands and wearing masks.
Football stars and the captain of the opposing team will participate in the campaign that is held in conjunction with the FIFA Club World Cup 2020, which is being held in Qatar from 4 to 11 February.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino emphasized the importance of a level playing field, both in football and in health.
He said, “Justice and team spirit are fundamental values of our sport.” “These same core values, fairness and team spirit are essential to today’s big challenge: Beat COVID-19.”
Michael Owen, winner of the 2001 Ballon d’Or, said at the press conference that it is important for football to address issues that affect society, noting that access to the vaccine must be fair and equitable.
“This was a global pandemic, and at the global level we need to be vaccinated,” he said.
Update on the Wuhan mission
Meanwhile, WHO Technical Leader on COVID-19, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said the international mission on the ground in Wuhan, China, is having “very fruitful discussions” with its counterparts there.
The fifteen experts arrived in the city last month to study the origins of the new Corona virus, which causes the disease.
Dr. Van Kerkhove reported that they visited hospitals, as well as the market, and met with officials from the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Chinese CDC.
“Their focus is on the early issues and they’re having very good discussions about that,” she said.
The mission attracted media attention and Dr. Van Kerkhove emphasized that the team must be given space to do its work.
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