The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) anticipated this Saturday that the covid-19 pandemic will last a long time and, therefore, it is necessary to continue efforts to contain it worldwide.
According to official WHO data, the pandemic has already claimed 675,060 deaths and infected almost 17.4 million people worldwide.
The group of scientists, who met by videoconference on Friday, evaluated the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic, taking into account all the scientific information that emerged about the new coronavirus in the last three months, the date of the last meeting.
The WHO Emergency Committee is composed of 18 scientists from various countries.
“The pandemic is a health crisis that occurs once every century and its effects will be felt in the decades to come,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the Committee, according to a statement from the organization.
The official also took stock of what has happened, pointing out that “many countries that thought that the worst was over are now facing new outbreaks, others that had been less affected are seeing the cases and the deaths increasing, as countries who had major outbreaks managed to control them “.
Among the main recommendations that the Emergency Committee addressed to WHO is the need to continue supporting countries with more fragile medical services, as well as the need to continue to boost ongoing investigations to find one or more treatments and vaccines for covid -19.
The goal is that, when a vaccine exists, countries with fewer resources are not left out due to the inability to buy them.
In other words, defended the Committee, the distribution of vaccines must be as equitable as possible.
Currently three potential vaccines (from the United States of America, England and China) are in phase three of the clinical trials, to test their safety and effectiveness.
The WHO noted in this regard that it may be possible for a vaccine to be ready for commercialization “in the first half of 2021”.
With regard to travel, the Committee indicated that countries should take proportionate measures and advise citizens on the basis of risks, assessing their information on a regular basis.
On the other hand, he recommended that health services be strengthened to allow the identification of new cases and the tracking of contacts.