WHO unveils plan to end global COVID-19 emergency in 2022.
By Brad Dress, 03/30/22, 6:37 PM ET.
The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a new strategic plan on Wednesday that lays out a path toward ending the global emergency of COVID-19.
In its third strategic preparedness and response plan on COVID-19, the WHO acknowledged the pandemic remains an acute global crisis but charted a path to end the global emergency if key measures are implemented rapidly.
The organization outlined two key objectives: reducing coronavirus infections and diagnosing and treating COVID-19 cases effectively to reduce deaths.
The WHO said that can be achieved by increased surveillance and monitoring, improving global vaccine equity, bolstering healthcare systems and supplies, as well as upgrading research and data analyses.
In an letter, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said more than six million people have died across the world from COVID-19 and that deaths are still logged everyday, with more than 75,000 people dying from the novel coronavirus in the first week of February alone. Still, the director-general said the world has “the tools to plan for and respond to every eventuality.”