Covid, WHO: “The increase in cases and unacceptably high deaths are worrying”

Covid, WHO: “The increase in cases and unacceptably high deaths are worrying”

The recommendations of WHO Europe experts: “Enjoy the summer in safety and prepare for an autumn season in which an increase in the circulation of the virus is expected, resulting in an increase in hospitalizations and deaths”

“I am concerned that Covid-19 cases continue to rise, putting further pressure on already strained health systems and workers, and that deaths are unacceptably high.”

“The new waves show once again that Covid-19 is by no means over. The virus is circulating freely and countries are not effectively managing the burden of disease according to their capacities, both in terms of hospitalization of acute cases and in terms of of increasing numbers of people with Long Covid “. “I urge governments to regularly review and adapt their response plans based on current epidemiology and also the possibility of new variants appearing.”

This is the message launched today by the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during the periodic press briefing.

“There is a great disconnect in the perception of risk between the scientific communities, political leaders and people in general. This is a double challenge: communicating risk and building trust in the community towards health tools and social measures of public health. – observes the WHO DG -. While the virus pushes, we must reject it. We are in a better position than at the beginning of the pandemic. We have safe and effective tools that prevent infections, hospitalizations and deaths “.

Tedros recalls that “next week the finance ministers of the G20 will meet” and it is “essential that governments around the world finance the WHO and the Act Accelerator platform to ensure a fair distribution of the tools” to fight Covid. “As transmission and hospitalizations increase, governments must also implement proven measures such as masks, ventilation, and testing and treatment protocols.” And in particular, the Dg urges, “they should work to reverse the reduction in viral surveillance, testing and sequencing and effectively share antivirals”.

The virus remains a public health emergency

“The Covid Emergency Committee that met last Friday concluded that the virus remains a public health emergency of international concern.” This was explained by the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today during the periodic press briefing. The Committee expressed “concern over several interlinked challenges – explained the WHO DG – First, Omicron’s sub-variants, such as BA.4 and BA.5, continue to lead waves of cases, hospitalizations and deaths around the world”. On the other hand, and this is the second point brought to the attention of experts, “surveillance has been significantly reduced – including tests and viral sequencing – making it increasingly difficult to assess the impact of variants on transmission, the characteristics of the disease. and the effectiveness of countermeasures “. Finally, the third point is that “diagnostics, treatments and vaccines are not being implemented effectively”.

WHO Europe: “Enjoy the summer, but safely”

“As we continue with our daily lives, we must remember that this virus is still with us and is still dangerous.” So “enjoy the summer, but do it safely and do a second booster if you are eligible” to do so. This is the appeal launched by Hans Kluge, WHO (World Health Organization) regional director for Europe.

“Cases continue to increase across the European region,” noted the head of WHO Europe. “Most countries have removed or reduced public health measures such as mandatory masks. The summer travel season is upon us, with greater social mixing, between countries and within them”, analyzes the expert in a note summarizing the updated recommendations published by WHO Europe on vaccination for the autumn season. “Vaccinating all eligible with the recommended number of primary doses and the first booster dose must remain a priority throughout the region,” said Kluge. “But a second booster dose should be given to the immunocompromised, and considered for other vulnerable people, to reduce the risk of serious disease and the resulting burden on health systems.”

The next fall depends on the vaccination

“The impact of Covid-19 this fall largely depends on vaccination.” This is the warning launched by Hans Kluge, director of the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, who via Twitter announces the publication of updated recommendations on anti-Covid shield injections, including on the fourth dose, based on a review of the vaccination status of Europeans, vaccine efficacy and current epidemiology.