A senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a special committee will meet on Friday 27 January 2023, to determine whether the COVID-19 pandemic still represents a global emergency.
According to a report from Reuters, confirmation of the upcoming meeting came from WHO spokesperson Carla Drysdale, during press briefing in Geneva, earlier on Tuesday.
This meeting of the Emergency Committee that advises the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, comes three years after COVID-19 was first declared a global emergency.
The Reuters report states that the WHO Director-General will make “the ultimate call on whether an outbreak represents a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern”—the WHO's highest level of alert.
“Several leading scientists and WHO advisers say it may be too early to declare the end of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency phase because of high levels of infections in China which dismantled its zero-COVID policy last month,” the Reuters report noted.
Source: REUTERS. Original Reporting by Emma Farge. Original Editing by Madeline Chambers.