The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has declared that Covid-19 is no longer a "global health emergency," which is a major step towards the end of the pandemic that has claimed over 6.9 million lives, disrupted the global economy, and ravaged communities. The WHO's Emergency Committee recommended the UN agency to declare an end to the public health emergency of international concern, which has been in place for over three years. The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency, although it does not mean that COVID-19 is over as a global health threat. The WHO's emergency committee first declared that COVID represented its highest level of alert over three years ago. Lifting the emergency status is a sign of the world's progress in vaccines and treatments. However, the WHO has said that COVID-19 is here to stay, even if it no longer represents an emergency. The death rate has slowed down significantly, from a peak of over 100,000 people per week in January 2021 to just over 3,500 in the week to April 24, 2023, according to WHO data.