Coronavirus [COVID-19] – WHO Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

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Coronavirus [COVID-19] – WHO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Weekly Epidemiological and Operational updates
Last update: 22 May 2021
Confirmed cases :: 165 772 430 [week ago: 161 513 458]
Confirmed deaths :: 3 437 545 [week ago: 3 352 109]
Vaccine doses administered: 1 448 242 899


Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 17 May 2021
In this edition of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:
:: Surge capacity and procurement support in India
:: Strengthening ambulance services as a part of the emergency response in Syria
:: Contact tracing training in Kosovo
:: Fiji boost its COVID-19 testing capabilities
:: Supporting countries in the Americas to cope with oxygen supply and health worker shortages
:: Monitoring implementation of Intra-Action Review recommendations in Indonesia
:: Regular updates on WHO’s resource requirements and funds received to support countries in implementing the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 2021, WHO/PAHO procurement of critical supplies, and implementation of the Unity Studies

Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 18 May 2021
Globally, in the past week, the number of new cases and deaths continued to decrease, although overall counts for both remained high with just over 4.8 million new cases and nearly 86 000 new deaths reported in the past week. All regions reported a decline in new cases this week with the exception of the Western Pacific where the number of new cases were similar to the previous week.
In this edition, a special focus update is provided on SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Interest (VOIs) and Variants of Concern (VOCs), including updates on the geographic distribution of VOCs B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, and B.1.617.