WHO / HEALTH EMERGENCIES UPDATE

02-Dec-2022 00:05:07
One year after the appearance of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chief said it “has proved to be significantly more transmissible than its predecessor, Delta, and continues to cause significant mortality due to the intensity of transmission.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / HEALTH EMERGENCIES UPDATE
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DATELINE: 02 DECEMBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior WHO Headquarters

02 DECEMBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
" Yesterday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched its Global Humanitarian Overview for 2023, appealing for 51.5 billion US dollars to meet humanitarian needs around the world next year – an unprecedented amount to meet unprecedented needs. A record 339 million people will require humanitarian aid in 2023 – one in every 23 people on the planet.”
4. Wide shot, press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Humanitarian crises affect people in all aspects of their lives, including reducing their access to health care, often at the exact time when they need it most. Those fleeing conflict or drought, or living in poverty and facing hunger, are also those whose health is the most threatened. In humanitarian crises, health interventions like immunization, disease surveillance and the treatment of malnourished children can be the difference between life and death.”
6. Wide shot, press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Last Saturday marked one year since WHO announced a new variant of concern in the COVID-19 pandemic: the Omicron variant. Omicron has proved to be significantly more transmissible than its predecessor, Delta, and continues to cause significant mortality due to the intensity of transmission.
The number of weekly deaths reported to WHO has declined slightly over the past five weeks, but more than 8,500 people lost their lives last week – which is not acceptable three years into the pandemic, when we have so many tools to prevent infections and save lives.”
8. Wide shot, press conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead COVID-19, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“There are more than 500 sub variants of Omicron that are in circulation right now. Most of these are the BA.5 sub-lineage but there are a number of other sub lineages, and the dynamics of this virus are very different around the world. We need to be able to track this. We need to be able to assess this with our technical partners around the world so that we can look at how these variants behave in terms of transmission, in terms of immune escape, in terms of severity and to make sure that our interventions work, and my last point is that the interventions do work. I’ll mention vaccines again but the other tools that we have at our disposal; distancing, improving ventilation, those will be beneficial no matter what variant is circulating, but our vaccines are holding up incredibly well against severe disease and death”
10. Wide shot, press conference
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme World Health Organization (WHO):
" We are pleased to learn that the Chinese authorities are adjusting their current strategies."
12. Wide shot, press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme World Health Organization (WHO):
"We hope this progresses and we see that coherent, calibrated strategy emerge that balances the control of the virus with the lives, the livelihoods and wellbeing and the human rights of the people of China”
14. Wide shot, press conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Earlier this week, WHO announced that we will being using “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used for one year while the name “monkeypox” is phased out. Meanwhile, the global mpox outbreak continues to decline, with 620 cases reported last week – more than 90% less than the peak in August. Most cases are being reported from Latin America”
16. Wide shot, press conference
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme World Health Organization (WHO):
“The people in Tigray are desperate. They’ve been, years now, without access to proper healthcare, without access to proper nutrition and they need our help now. Not next week, not next month, they need it now. And I still, personally, and my team, do not see evidence of unfettered access to the people in need in Tigray, that needs to change, and that needs to change soon. We hope that some of this is just the beginning to wind up the aids system again, but I have to admit I remain cynical on that front.”
18. Wide shot, press conference
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The only solution to this conflict is through political dialogue that is happening now and through peaceful settlement, we encourage that. But civilians should be at the centre. Even when there is conflict, even in the middle of war, food aid and medical supplies should be, should be delivered, and it should not be even a condition and it should not be attached with the political or military dialogue which is, which is happening.”
20. Wide shot, press conference
STORYLINE
One year after the appearance of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chief today (02 Dec) said it “has proved to be significantly more transmissible than its predecessor, Delta, and continues to cause significant mortality due to the intensity of transmission.”

ed the Omicron variant was of concern in the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Omicron “has proved to be significantly more transmissible than its predecessor, Delta, and continues to cause significant mortality due to the intensity of transmission.”

WHO’s Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said “the number of weekly deaths reported to WHO has declined slightly over the past five weeks, but more than 8,500 people lost their lives last week – which is not acceptable three years into the pandemic, when we have so many tools to prevent infections and save lives.”

Dr Tedros told reporters in Geneva that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs had launched its Global Humanitarian Overview for 2023, appealing for 51.5 billion US dollars to meet humanitarian needs around the world next year.

He said this was “an unprecedented amount to meet unprecedented needs” and added that “a record 339 million people will require humanitarian aid in 2023 – one in every 23 people on the planet.”

The WHO Chief said, “humanitarian crises affect people in all aspects of their lives, including reducing their access to health care, often at the exact time when they need it most. Those fleeing conflict or drought, or living in poverty and facing hunger, are also those whose health is the most threatened. In humanitarian crises, health interventions like immunization, disease surveillance and the treatment of malnourished children can be the difference between life and death.”

For her part WHOs COVID-19 Technical Lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, said, “there are more than 500 sub variants of Omicron that are in circulation right now. Most of these are the BA.5 sub-lineage but there are a number of other sub lineages, and the dynamics of this virus are very different around the world.”

Van Kerkhove said, “we need to be able to track this. We need to be able to assess this with our technical partners around the world so that we can look at how these variants behave in terms of transmission, in terms of immune escape, in terms of severity and to make sure that our interventions work.”

Dr Michael Ryan, who is the Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme said, “we are pleased to learn that the Chinese authorities are adjusting their current strategies."

Ryan said “we hope this progresses and we see that coherent, calibrated strategy emerge that balances the control of the virus with the lives, the livelihoods and wellbeing and the human rights of the people of China”

Dr Tedros told reporters that WHO will being using “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. He said, “both names will be used for one year while the name “monkeypox” is phased out. Meanwhile, the global mpox outbreak continues to decline, with 620 cases reported last week – more than 90 percent less than the peak in August. Most cases are being reported from Latin America.”

On the situation in Tigray, Ryan said “the people in Tigray are desperate. They’ve been, years now, without access to proper healthcare, without access to proper nutrition and they need our help now. Not next week, not next month, they need it now. And I still, personally, and my team, do not see evidence of unfettered access to the people in need in Tigray, that needs to change, and that needs to change soon. We hope that some of this is just the beginning to wind up the aids system again, but I have to admit I remain cynical on that front.”

Tedros said, “the only solution to this conflict is through political dialogue that is happening now and through peaceful settlement, we encourage that. But civilians should be at the centre. Even when there is conflict, even in the middle of war, food aid and medical supplies should be, should be delivered, and it should not be even a condition and it should not be attached with the political or military dialogue which is, which is happening.”
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