By Staff Reporter
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 pandemic as a global health emergency over, citing a downward trend in cases, increasing population immunity, and the easing pressure on health systems worldwide.
The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the declaration during a press conference held in Geneva.
For three years, the world has battled the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the successful deployment of vaccination campaigns and the development of immunity through prior infections, countries have witnessed a remarkable decline in both cases and mortality rates.
These positive indicators, coupled with a significant reduction in the burden on healthcare systems, have allowed societies to gradually revert to a semblance of normalcy.
Tedros expressed his optimism and highlighted the progress made in combatting the virus.
“For more than a year, the pandemic has been on a downward trend with population immunity increasing from vaccination and infection, mortality decreasing, and the pressure on health systems easing,” he affirmed.
“This trend has allowed most countries to return to life as we knew it before COVID-19,” he added, emphasizing the importance of this turning point in the global fight against the virus.
The declaration of the end of the global health emergency comes as a beacon of hope for millions around the world who have long awaited respite from the restrictions and challenges brought on by the pandemic.