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WHO extends state of global health emergency over COVID-19 by 3 months Updated: 2021-04-20 13:41:40 KST

The World Health Organization has decided to extend the state of global health emergency over COVID-19,by three months.
The Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement at Monday's briefing, based on advice from the COVID-19 emergency committee.
The committee agreed that it is still an "extraordinary" situation, as the virus continues to spread and interfere with international traffic.
It also warned that the pandemic will not come to an end,unless COVID-19 testing kits, vaccines, and treatments are fairly shared among countries.
The Director-General particularly emphasized the importance of collective vaccination efforts,and the reward such efforts may bring to the world.

"We have the tools to bring this pandemic under control in a matter of months, if we apply them consistently and equitably."

Global climate change activist Greta Thunberg, joining the briefing virtually from Sweden,..called the "vaccine nationalism" of rich countries a major obstacle to achieving an equitable distribution of vaccines.

“It is completely unethical that high-income countries are now vaccinating young and healthier people if that happens at the expense of people in risk groups and on the frontline in low- and middle-income countries."

To overcome this reality, the committee advised countries to promote global solidarity by supporting the global-vaccine sharing platform, the COVAX Facility, and engaging in technology transfer.
It also recommended that the WHO accelerates the evaluation of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and continues to monitor potential vaccine safety globally.
The next meeting of the committee will be held in three months.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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