The Covid-19 crisis is far “far from finished”, the
World Health Organization’s emergency committee said in a statement yesterday.
The 19-member committee, which meets every three months to discuss the pandemic and make recommendations, also called for research into next-generation vaccines and long-term action to control the virus.
“While progress has been made through increased uptake of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics, analysis of the present situation and forecasting models indicate that the pandemic is far from finished,” the WHO said in a statement.
It also said that mask use, social distancing, hand hygiene and improved indoor ventilation were “key to reducing transmission”.
The committee said that the pandemic was making other crises including humanitarian emergencies and mass migration more complex, reports AFP, and that states should revise their preparedness and response plans.
Some of the main concerns raised by the committee were the challenges faced by the African Region in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including accessing sufficient vaccines.
There have been several calls for countries with high vaccination levels - such as the UK - to send surplus vaccines to countries that are falling behind.
The Committee urged for adequate resourcing, capacity building, and technical support for the Region and its Member States to strengthen their response efforts. to such countries.