“There are nonetheless many international locations with rising numbers of circumstances, however on the international degree, that is encouraging information”, mentioned WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking in the course of the company’s bi-weekly briefing from Geneva.
“It reveals this virus might be managed, even with the brand new variants in circulation. And it reveals that if we hold going with the identical confirmed public well being measures, we are able to forestall infections and save lives”.
Keep the course
Whereas welcoming the event, Tedros recalled “we’ve been right here earlier than”, and warned in opposition to complacency.
“Over the previous yr, there have been moments in nearly all international locations when circumstances declined, and governments opened up too shortly and people let down their guard, just for the virus to return roaring again”, he mentioned.
The WHO chief burdened that as vaccines are rolled out, individuals in all places should proceed to take measures aimed toward retaining themselves, and others, protected.
“It’s critical that governments allow individuals to make the fitting selections, whether or not it’s making quarantine simpler to stick to, or making workplaces safer,” he mentioned.
“Controlling the unfold of the virus saves lives now, and saves lives later by lowering the probabilities of extra variants rising. And it helps to make sure vaccines stay efficient.”
Lack of information undermines response
WHO has underscored the pressing want for higher knowledge to strengthen pandemic response and enhance well being outcomes, in a brand new report launched on Monday.
The SCORE World Report supplies a snapshot of the state of well being data techniques world wide and is the primary examine of its variety.
SCORE stands for Survey, Rely, Optimize, Assessment and Allow, and the report covers 133 nation well being data techniques and slightly below 90 per cent of the worldwide inhabitants.
It reveals that globally, 4 in10 deaths stay unregistered, whereas just one in 10 deaths is recorded within the African area.
WHO mentioned the dearth of information worldwide limits understanding of the true mortality impression of the COVID-19 pandemic, which undermines response planning.
Scoring a aim in opposition to COVID-19
The worldwide soccer governing physique, FIFA, is supporting the drive to make COVID-19 vaccines, remedies and diagnostics out there to all international locations.
FIFA has teamed up with WHO for the “ACT Collectively” marketing campaign, which additionally promotes adherence to the on a regular basis public well being measures aimed toward stopping coronavirus unfold, akin to hand washing and sporting masks.
Star footballers and competing staff captains will take part within the marketing campaign, which is being held at the side of the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020, going down in Qatar from 4-11 February.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino emphasised the significance of getting a degree enjoying discipline, whether or not in soccer or in well being.
“Equity and staff spirit are key values of our sport,” he mentioned. “And these similar key values, equity and staff spirit are wanted for immediately’s nice problem: overcoming COVID-19.”
It is crucial for soccer to deal with points that have an effect on society, 2001 Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen instructed the briefing, reminding that vaccine entry should be honest and equitable.
“This has been a world pandemic, and globally we have to give entry to vaccination,” he mentioned.
Replace on Wuhan mission
In the meantime, WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, Dr. Maria Van Kerhkove, mentioned the worldwide mission on the bottom in Wuhan, China, is having “very productive discussions” with counterparts there.
The 15 consultants arrived within the metropolis final month to check the origins of the novel coronavirus, which causes the illness.
Dr. Van Kerhkove reported that they’ve visited hospitals, in addition to the market, and have met with officers from the Wuhan Centre for Illness Management (CDC) and the Chinese language CDC.
“Their focus is on the early circumstances and they’re having superb discussions round that,” she mentioned.
The mission has attracted media consideration and Dr. Van Kerhkove underscored that the staff should be given the area to hold out its work.