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COVID-19 no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern

– International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee statement regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Health Organization (WHO) director-general has the pleasure of transmitting the report of the 15th meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, held on Thursday 4 May 2023, from 12:00 to 17:00 CET.

During the deliberative session, the Committee members highlighted the decreasing trend in COVID-19 deaths, the decline in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions, and the high levels of population immunity to SARS-CoV-2. The Committee’s position has been evolving over the last several months. While acknowledging the remaining uncertainties posted by potential evolution of SARS-CoV-2, they advised that it is time to transition to long-term management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WHO director-general concurs with the advice offered by the Committee regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He determines that COVID-19 is now an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

The WHO director-general considered the advice provided by the Committee regarding the proposed temporary recommendations and issued them as per the below statement.

The WHO director-general will convene an IHR Review Committee to advise on Standing Recommendations for the long-term management of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, taking into account the 2023-2025 COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

During this transition, states parties are advised to continue following the issued Temporary Recommendations.

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