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The World Health Organization is taking a decision today on the global emergency
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The World Health Organization is set to consider extending the global public health emergency Thursday with the help of an independent panel of experts.

The World Health Organization is set to consider extending the global public health emergency Thursday with the help of an independent panel of experts.

The "current public health emergency of international concern" has been in place for nearly two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the highest level of alert the World Health Organization can impose.

The committee plans to make a recommendation by evening, and the World Health Organization usually follows its advice.

Whether or not the committee recommends declaring an end to the coronavirus emergency, there will be few practical consequences. However, many experts worry that ending it could send the wrong signal.

This virus is on the way to becoming endemic, but we are not there yet," said Maria Van Kerkhove, an expert on the Corona virus at the World Health Organization, late on Wednesday.

Within the European Union, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already suggested that it be treated like the flu.

The World Health Organization has repeatedly been accused of not declaring a state of emergency soon enough after the first cases of corona were discovered in China.