Before the 73rd World Health Assembly next week, WHO Shared with Member States three key messages: Novel Coronavirus can be defeated, do not backslide on other key health goals, and prepare for the next pandemic.
“First, novel Coronavirus can be overcome through science, solution and unity,” WHO said in a press release on Thursday. This year’s conference will be held in virtual form and resume on November 9.
Novel Coronavirus can be beaten
While this is a global crisis, “many countries and cities have been successful in preventing or controlling transmission through a comprehensive, evidence-based approach,” the WHO said.
“For the first time, the world is united behind a plan to accelerate the development of the vaccines, diagnostics and treatments we need, and to ensure that all countries have access to them on an equitable basis,” the WHO said.
Keep an eye on other health goals
It also says there must be no backsliding on key health goals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability,” it said, adding that the pandemic reminded us of the importance of the organization’s overall efforts to increase health coverage and better protect populations from health emergencies.
The statement praised the actions taken by member states to expand immunization and to address issues such as cervical cancer and eye care.
Who will discuss a 10-year plan to address neglected tropical diseases, as well as efforts to address other issues, including meningitis and maternal, infant and child nutrition.
Get ready for the next pandemic now
Third, the report adds that member States “must now prepare for the next pandemic.”
“Over the past year, we have seen countries with robust health emergency preparedness infrastructure able to act quickly to contain and control the spread of SARS-COV-2,” the report said.
At its upcoming meeting, WHO will consider a draft resolution to strengthen Member States’ preparedness for future health emergencies.
“The resolution calls on the global health community to ensure that all countries are better equipped to detect and respond to novel Coronavirus and other cases of dangerous infectious diseases,” WHO said.
Denmark has announced the cull of 17 million minks
A novel Coronavirus mutant strain that could transmit to humans and is insensitive to antibodies or invalidates a vaccine under development is to be culled after it was found in 17 million of Denmark’s bred minks, the government announced. Denmark, one of the world’s largest producers of mink, has culled a batch of infected minks since June.
On 5 November local time, Danish radio and Television (DR) reported that the World Health Organization wrote on Twitter that they were aware of the coVID-19 virus mutated in Denmark. “We are aware of reports in Denmark of people who contracted THE COVID-19 virus from mink and had a genetic mutation of the virus. We are communicating with the Danish authorities to find out more.”
On Wednesday, the Danish government decided to kill all minks in Denmark. The coVID-19 virus has now infected more than 200 mink farms in Denmark, and to make matters worse, the virus has mutated in the transmission of the virus between minks and humans.