Publication of WHO Emergency Committee report delayed by one day

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Geneva, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) postponed to this Saturday the publication of the conclusions of the virtual meeting that it held this Friday to evaluate the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee, made up of eighteen scientists from various countries, was convened by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and it was initially announced that it would publish the outcome of their meeting the same Friday.

However, a spokeswoman for the organization confirmed to Efe that the disclosure of the conclusions will be made this Saturday.

The committee is an independent body tasked with advising the WHO Director-General on the severity of an outbreak potentially capable of becoming an epidemic and establishing when this situation becomes an international health emergency.

Covid-19, of which more than 17 million cases have been confirmed worldwide and 668,000 deaths, was declared an international emergency on January 31 and a few weeks later it was recognized as a pandemic.

The world hopes that a vaccine against soon will be ready to stop the spread of the virus.

Currently three potential vaccines (of American, British and Chinese origin) are in phase 3 of clinical trials, which will determine if they work or not and if they are safe.

The public-private organization GAVI, an alliance that works to give the poorest countries access to vaccines, announced today that it has decided that 92 low- and middle-income countries are eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine – once that is approved and produced – through its aid mechanism.

Of these countries, 78 have already formally expressed to the entity their interest in benefiting from this system.

“We are facing the most severe economic contraction since World War II, and this crisis will have a terrible impact on the poorest and emerging countries, whose resources will be limited to access the future vaccine, so it is our duty to help them,” he said in a statement Gavi board chairman Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

(c) EFE Agency

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