WHO Ends COVID-19 Global Emergency Status

Sofia Strohmeier, Copy Editor

On May 5, the World Health Organization formally ended the global emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic since its official declaration on Jan. 30, 2020. 

Seven diseases since 2007 were declared a “public health emergency of international concern:” monkeypox, COVID-19, Zika, H1N1 flu, polio and Ebola twice. While COVID-19 remains a global threat, the death rate has lowered from over 100,000 people weekly in January 2021 to 3,500 weekly as of April.

On May 11, the U.S. will officially stop all funding for vaccines and testing and will declare the end to the country’s public health emergency. The COVID-19 national emergency ended one month ago after President Joe Biden signed a resolution.

The COVID-19 pandemic struck the world drastically with over 6.9 million global deaths reported. With multiple variants, the pandemic was named one of the worst in U.S. history — surpassing the death toll of the Spanish flu in 1918.