WHO keeps covid-19 a public health emergency of international concern


Jodie McVernon and Jonathan Liberman

The BMJ, 2023; 380. Published online 6 March 2023. Access Editorial here. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p50

Editorial in The BMJ, 2023; 380. Access here (Published 06 March 2023)

A sensible decision—the defining criteria still apply

On 30 January 2023 the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced his decision that covid-19 remains a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), three years after the emergency was first declared. In doing so, Tedros acknowledged the advice of the covid-19 emergency committee that “the covid-19 pandemic is probably at a transition point.” There is considerable speculation about when the PHEIC will be terminated.

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