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WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The Health Services Sub Committee of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) says it will continue to update the Vincentian public accordingly after the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is no longer global health emergency.

NEMO on Saturday advised that the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee held its 15th meeting on COVID-19 on Thursday and concluded that a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) relative to COVID-19 no longer exists as COVID-19 does not currently meet the requirements to be considered a global health emergency.

The WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concurred with the committee regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

He accepted their assessment that COVID-19 is now an established and ongoing public health issue which no longer constitutes a PHEIC.

“The discontinuation of the PHEIC means that the WHO Emergency Committee now sees COVID-19 as yet another ‘routine’ threat to public health and should be included in our normal surveillance and other disease controlling activities,” NEMO said. 

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“The discontinuation of the PHEIC does not mean the end of a pandemic neither does it mean that COVID-19 is gone.”

“As such, the health services sub-committee wishes to remind the public, especially those at greater risk of serious illness if infected with the SARS-Cov-2, to not let their guard down as the virus continues to circulate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as in other countries throughout the world. The precautionary measures especially hand hygiene and vaccination are still important in reducing transmission of the virus and other infectious diseases like influenza.”

One reply on “COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency — WHO”

  1. Alwayn Leacock says:

    a health emergency and a health threat are not the same don’t be misguided or complacent people are still dying from
    covid. As to this who think vaccines don’t prevent spread of diseases think measles, mumps and rubella

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