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The United Nations assures that it will “follow the example” of the countries, among which is Spain, that have qualified the COVID-19 as endemic even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has ruled it out, for now.

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The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced this Wednesday that Spain will begin to change the surveillance and control system of COVID-19 once the sixth wave has been overcome, since “The pandemic disease is gradually acquiring endemic characteristics.

Given these statements, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, declared at a press conference that he will let the WHO deal with the matter in medical terms, although he stressed that “They will follow suit” of countries that have confirmed that they will treat COVID-19 differently.

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“I think we will follow suit. There has to be a lot of common sense. But we also have to give tools to those countries that need them most”, has said.

Likewise, Dujarric has stated that many countries “They are forced” to live with the virus because “They do not have access to vaccines”, for which he has reiterated that it is necessary to provide them with support to fight the infection.

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WHO, disagree

However, Catherine Smallwood, one of the main officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, has shown her disagreement with treating COVID-19 as endemic, since “The conditions for this are not met.”

“At this time, the conditions for the endemic are not met”, has sentenced. “The endemic assumes some stability of virus circulation at predictable levels and known and predictable waves of epidemic transmission, but what we see right now, entering 2022, is nowhere near that”, has settled Smallwood, to add that “There is still a lot of uncertainty.”

The expert has not ruled out that COVID-19 will become endemic at some point, “But raising it in 2022 is difficult with this scenario”, has stated. However, he pointed out that everything depends on how the virus is responded to and the extent of vaccination in different countries, both in Europe and in the rest of the world.

“The mandatory vaccination is a luxury”

On the other hand, Dujarric has referred to the discussion that exists around the obligatory nature of vaccines after the request by the president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to impose vaccination in the country.

In fact, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, urged German society on December 31 to join in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and support the renewal that your Government plans for the country. The president has emerged as a defender of mandatory vaccination and considers anti-vaccines “A small minority of reckless extremists.”

“There is a healthy debate, a very intense debate, you could say, in many countries about vaccination mandates. We need to remember that there are more countries where the issue of mandatory vaccination is really not relevant because they do not have enough vaccines “, has remarked.

In addition, he has highlighted that “Each country will have to impose its public health measures” taking into account their own situation, although the priority, for the moment, is to obtain the vaccines to combat the new variants and help the countries to achieve the total vaccination of its population.

“The mandatory debate is … let’s have the mandatory debate, but having it, in fact, is a luxury. So let’s focus on getting vaccines to the places that need them ”, Dujarric has settled.

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