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COVID-19 Deaths Hit Lowest Levels Since March 2020: ‘We Can See the Finish Line,’ Says WHO

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International well being organizations have by no means been nearer to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the World Well being Group. However unequal entry to vaccines and medical care has left vital gaps, threatening worldwide efforts.

WHO Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned throughout a press briefing Wednesday that the variety of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 is now the bottom since March 2020.

“We’ve by no means been in a greater place to finish the pandemic,” Tedros mentioned. “We’re not there but, however the finish is in sight.”

COVID deaths fell by 22% previously week, the WHO reported, reaching simply over 11,000 worldwide. There have been 3.1 million new circumstances in the identical timeframe, a drop of 28% that he mentioned continues a weeks-long international decline. In accordance with the WHO’s COVID-19 stats published online, there have been 37,515 weekly deaths within the final week of March 2020; by comparability, 11,313 had been recorded for the week of Sept. 5, 2022 — though the WHO recorded 8,880 deaths within the week of Might 30, 2022. 

Up to now, 2,812 weekly deaths have been tabulated for the week of Sept. 12.

To this point, there have been more than 6.5 million deaths from COVID reported globally, based on John Hopkins College, with 1.05 million within the US. Greater than 12 billion doses of COVID vaccines have been administered worldwide. However the distribution has been removed from equitable, Tedros mentioned, with solely 2% of vaccines administered in African nations.

The WHO established a purpose of vaccinating at the very least 40% of each nation’s inhabitants by the tip of 2022. Up to now, solely two African nations have reached that benchmark, Tedros mentioned, which is “the bottom of any area.”

“This leaves folks at excessive threat of illness and loss of life, uncovered to a lethal virus towards which many different folks world wide take pleasure in safety,” he mentioned.

Whereas decreases in COVID-related deaths have been reported within the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, there’s been a ten% enhance in deaths in Africa.

Man in Uganda getting COVID vaccine

Lower than 28% of Ugandans are absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 as of Sept. 4, with 40% receiving at the very least one dose of a vaccine.


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“The longer vaccine inequity persists, the extra the virus will hold circulating and altering, the longer the social and financial disruption will proceed and the upper the possibilities that extra variants will emerge that render vaccines much less efficient,” Tedros added.

Evaluating the marketing campaign to finish the pandemic to a marathon, he added {that a} runner does not cease after they see the end line.

“She runs more durable with all of the power she has left,” Tedros mentioned. “Now could be the worst time to cease working. Now could be the time to run more durable and ensure we cross the road and reap the rewards of all our laborious work.” 

Learn extra: New COVID-19 Vaccines Are Available: What They Are and When to Get One

The knowledge contained on this article is for academic and informational functions solely and isn’t supposed as well being or medical recommendation. At all times seek the advice of a doctor or different certified well being supplier concerning any questions you’ll have a few medical situation or well being targets.

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