The World Health Organization is expected to consider extending the global public health emergency on Thursday with the help of a panel of independent experts.
The “current public health emergency of international concern” has been in place for almost two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This is the highest level of alert that the World Health Organization can impose.
The committee plans to make a recommendation by the evening, and the World Health Organization generally follows its advice.
Whether or not the commission recommends declaring the coronavirus emergency over, there will be few practical consequences. However, many experts fear that its end could send the wrong signal.
“This virus is on the way to becoming endemic, but we are not there yet,” Maria Van Kerkhove, Corona virus expert at the World Health Organization, said Wednesday evening.
Within the European Union, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already suggested that he be treated like the flu.
The World Health Organization has been repeatedly accused of failing to declare a state of emergency soon enough after the first cases of corona were discovered in China.
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