May 5, 2023 By Giulia Heyward, Marc Silver
The World Health Organization has lifted the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for COVID-19.
In a press conference on Friday, director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “COVID-19 has been so much more than a health crisis, disrupting economies, travel, shattering businesses and plunging millions into poverty.”
He went on to state that for more than a year the pandemic has been on a downward trend and “this trend has allowed most countries to return to life as we knew it before COVID-19.”
Then he made the pronouncement: “Therefore, with great hope, I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency.”