Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a declaration by the World Health Organization.
The World Health Organization announced on Friday that it would no longer classify the coronavirus pandemic as a public health emergency of international concern, after more than three years. “I declare covid-19 over as a global health emergency,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva, noting that he made the announcement with “great hope.”
The WHO declared the pandemic a public health emergency of international concern on Jan. 30, 2020, and has remained under that designation, the global health organization’s highest level of alarm, for more than three years. The virus has claimed more than 6.9 million lives, according to the WHO and more than 1 million in the United States alone.
A milestone in the course of the global response to the pandemic, the change may not mean much in practice for many governments that have already lifted their emergency declarations, or will soon do so. The Biden administration is set to end the U.S. public health emergency status for the coronavirus pandemic on May 11.
Credit: The Washington Post.