The WHO Emergency Committee for the virus, “Corona Emergencies – Covid 19”, announced today, Saturday, the adoption of a resolution confirming that “the outbreak caused by this virus continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern.”
The committee said in a statement that this decision “represents the highest alert level for the organization as it continues since the 30th of last January of this year in accordance with the international health regulations in force” after meeting the committee members through the visual communication technology during the two days of the 31st of last July and the first of this August.
The committee advised to continue to mobilize global and regional multilateral organizations for preparedness and response to confront the virus and support member states in maintaining health services while accelerating research and ultimately access to diagnosis, treatment and vaccinations.
On the other hand, the committee advised states and governments to support the efforts of scientific research on treatment and vaccines, including through funding and joining efforts aimed at a fair distribution of diagnostic tools, treatments and vaccines.
The commission called on governments to strengthen public health monitoring to identify injuries and track who they have contacted, including in low-resource, vulnerable or high-risk countries while maintaining basic health services with adequate funding, supplies and human resources.
The Commission urged governments to implement proportionate travel measures based on risk assessments, to review these procedures regularly and to consult on them.
The committee aims to provide technical advice to the Director-General of the World Health Organization in the context of “public health emergencies that cause international concern”.
The committee presents its views on whether the emergence of a disease or a virus constitutes a public health emergency causing international concern.