Ignore “pandemic fatigue” and get vaccinated

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The coronavirus outbreak remains a global health emergency, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday, telling the world to continue to vaccinate and boost, use antivirals and heed instructions from the Swiss-based instrument.

State health authorities were also warned to “continue to monitor individual and public response to the instructions.”

Speaking at the opening of WHO’s annual board meeting, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged that “there’s no doubt we’re in a much better place now” than a year ago – when the highly transmissible variant of Omicron was at its peak. used to be. but that doesn’t mean anyone should be wary.

Despite WHO insistence, there is still global resistance to mandatory vaccination regimens, with some countries, such as Australia, considering the fourth and fifth boosters while telling citizens to proceed.

Tedros said at least 170,000 people worldwide have died in connection with the coronavirus in the past eight weeks. He called for full vaccination of high-risk groups, more testing and early use of antivirals, an expansion of laboratory networks and a fight against “misinformation” from opposing sources about the pandemic.

The warnings came just hours after it was revealed that the British government had used military means to monitor public reaction to its warnings and lockdown procedures at the height of the pandemic.

“We remain hopeful that the world will enter a new phase in the coming year where we minimize hospitalizations and deaths,” he said.

Committee members cited “pandemic fatigue” and the growing public perception that the coronavirus is not as risky as it once was, leading people to ignore or increasingly ignore health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

File/Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a rally at the Great Hall of the People on January 28, 2020 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Naohiko Hatta – Pool/Getty Images)

The statement released at the end of the meeting also urged States parties to continue to monitor individual and public response to the implementation of the PHSM and the acceptance and acceptability of COVID-19 vaccines , and to implement measures, including communication strategies, to promote supportive use.”

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