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Covid-19 pandemic is far from over – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over as it called for research into next-generation vaccines for long-term control of the pandemic.

In a statement on Friday’s four-hour virtual meeting, the WHO stated, “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,”.

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In relation to “long-term control” over the pandemic, the WHO has also called for further research into reusable masks and respirators, next-generation vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

The committee also discussed how the pandemic was making humanitarian emergencies, mass migration and other crises more complex while raising concerns about the challenges that Africa faces in tackling the pandemic.

Some of these challenges include access to vaccines, tests and treatments as well as collecting and analysing data to monitor the evolution of the pandemic.

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The committee also maintained its insistence that proof of vaccination should not be required for international travel or at least be the only condition for it due to “limited global access and inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines”.

It asked for countries to consider a “risk-based approach to the facilitation of international travel by lifting or modifying measures, such as testing and/or quarantine requirements, when appropriate”.

IMAGE – “Switzerland China Virus Outbreak” (Public Domain) by brucedetorres@gmail.com

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