The World Health Organization (WHO) has urgently warned against slacking off in the fight against the virus in view of the threat posed by new corona variants. “The perception that the pandemic is over is misplaced,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday at a meeting of G20 health ministers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.
“Cycle of Panic and Negligence”
The number of new infections and deaths has now fallen sharply in most countries, which has led to the lifting of numerous restrictions.
His authority is still very concerned that “a lack of corona tests and sequencing is blinding us to the development of the virus,” said the Ethiopian. The WHO also fears that lessons from the pandemic will be forgotten and the “Cycle of Panic and Negligence” repeat.
At the two-day meeting, the G20 health ministers want to discuss, among other things, how global health systems can be strengthened. It is also about a possible standardization of international travel documents, including vaccination certificates in particular. G20 Presidency Indonesia is striving for global harmonization of corona health protocols for safe travel as part of the reopening of borders.