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Is the COVID-19 pandemic over? WHO to vote whether to end global health emergency declaration
WASHINGTON - It’s almost hard to believe that nearly three years have passed since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a virus — later named SARS-CoV-2 — as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). But on Friday, a committee is meeting to deliberate and vote whether it is time to recommend to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he declare the global health emergency is over. The committee advises the director-general, who will make the final decision, but he generally follows the committee’s advice.Days before the vote, the director-general said in a media briefing that he was "very concerned" about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths globally. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference at the World Health Organization's headquarters in Geneva, on December 14, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) "While I will not pre-empt the advice of the Emergency Committee, I remain very concerned by the situation in many countries and the rising number of deaths," Tedros said Tuesday, suggesting the committee may not think it’s the right time to advise Tedros to terminate the declaration. Worldwide, deaths have steadily increased since December, according to recent data by Johns Hopkins University.
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