WHO emphasizes the role of COVID-19 vaccines in the "sprint" period against the epidemic

In the latest weekly COVID-19 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the number of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the latest week fell to the lowest level since March 2020 when the organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
WHO emphasizes the role of COVID-19 vaccines in the
WHO emphasizes the role of COVID-19 vaccines in the "sprint" period against the epidemic. (Source: QĐND)

Although this is the most positive assessment of the epidemic situation after more than 2 years of outbreak, WHO once again called on countries to maintain vigilance, emphasizing the role of preventive vaccines.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus likened the current fight against COVID-19 to a marathon and this is a sprint period, when the world must run faster to ensure that it can reach the finish line and achieve results. after long time effort. According to him, countries need to carefully review and strengthen policies to prevent COVID-19 and other viral diseases in the future. Mr. Tedros urged countries to 100% vaccinate high-risk groups and maintain testing to detect cases. Countries also need to maintain an adequate supply of medical equipment and human resources.

Meanwhile, WHO infectious disease expert Maria Van Kerkhove said the world will experience other waves of infection at different times, due to variants or sub-lineages of the virus's variant caused by SARS-CoV-2. This past summer's wave of COVID-19 caused by the BA.4 and BA.5 sublines of the Omicron variant shows that the pandemic is not over yet, the virus is still spreading in Europe and elsewhere. At the same time, she emphasized that the world has an important epidemic prevention tool, which is a vaccine and treatment methods.

Dr Michael Head, a senior researcher from the University of Southampton (USA) said that it is fair to say that most countries are entering the stage of emergency response to the pandemic and governments are considering best way to respond to COVID-19 with routine medical care and surveillance practices.

Recently, vaccination against diseases, especially booster doses, is being focused on in many countries, in which the European Union (EU), the UK and the US have all licensed the use of vaccines. effective against the original virus and the Omicron variant to prepare for winter booster injection campaigns. In the US, US experts also believe that the extension of the public health emergency because of the COVID-19 epidemic expected in mid-October may be the last time Washington has to apply this measure. US officials said that although the COVID-19 pandemic has not passed, new generations of vaccines mark an important turning point in the fight against the pandemic. The annual booster shot of the vaccine will boost immunity enough to bring the US back to normal.

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(Source: VNA)