WHO advises to reduce quarantine period

World Health Organisation, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, has suggested imposing new guidelines for the COVID-19 testing and time period of the quarantine.

World Health Organisation, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, has suggested imposing new guidelines for the COVID-19 testing and time period of the quarantine. The international health agency has advised the countries to decrease the quarantine period from 14 to 7 days for those who test negative for the COVID-19 virus. 

In its new interim guidelines, WHO notes that shortening the testing to the quarantine period is not possible, but the quarantine may be ended after day ten without testing if the contact presents without any symptoms. 

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The post-quarantine transmission risk for ten days of quarantine is estimated to be nearly 1%, which can be further risen to 10%. 

In addition to this, the health agency’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, informed that Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, SouthAfrica, and Tunisia would be the first six countries who will be receiving the technology needed to produce mRNA vaccines on the African continent. 

World Health Organisation officials asserted, “The WHO mRNA technology transfer hub is part of a larger effort aimed at empowering low- and middle-income countries to produce their own vaccines, medicines and diagnostics to address health emergencies and reach #HealthForAll.”    

“The initial effort is centred on mRNA technologies & biologicals, which are important for vaccine manufacturing and can also be used for other products, such as insulin to treat diabetes, cancer medicines and, potentially, vaccines for other priority diseases,” it further added. 

The international health agency added it would be working and monitoring with the companies as well as government’s of each country in order to develop a roadmap for the training & production, established on their needs and capacities. 

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“We’re honoured to be joined today by the Presidents of all six countries”, the international health agency added. 

Tariq Saeed

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