Weekly Epidemiological Update
Globally, the number of new weekly cases remained stable during the week of 12 to 18 September 2022 as compared to the previous week, with over 3.2 million new cases reported. The number of new weekly deaths decreased by 17% as compared to the previous week, with over 9800 fatalities reported. As of 18 September 2022, over 609 million confirmed cases and over 6.5 million deaths have been reported globally.
In this edition, we include:
- An update on the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs), including their geographic spread, prevalence, summary of phenotypic characteristics of the Omicron VOC, and impact of vaccines.
- The COVID-19 epidemiological update at the global and regional levels.
Donors making a difference in the fight against polio
Countries are redoubling their efforts to keep children safe from polio in the wake of disruptions to childhood immunization programmes caused by COVID-19, natural disasters and conflicts.
The recent reappearance of poliovirus in the United States and other countries long free of the paralyzing disease are “a disturbing reminder that until polio is eradicated everywhere, it remains a threat everywhere,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Support from contributors – among them the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Centers for Disease Control, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Rotary International – is helping countries reach children with vaccines and monitor communities for the presence of wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus.
Lives are still on the line
Read more stories of ongoing work in countries around the world in support of the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 2021.
This week we received additional funds from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Thanks to all donors and partners contributing to the WHO COVID-19 response.
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