The WHO is denouncing COVID-19, no longer characterizing it as an international crisis. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, revealed the downgrade Friday in a media briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The global health emergency was originally declared by the health agency on Jan. 30, 2020.

In conjunction, the Biden administration will end its last remaining vaccine mandates for foreign air travelers and federal workers May 11. The government is also starting to eliminate jab requirements for healthcare workers, Head Start educators, and foreigners at U.S. land borders.

The change in categorization is a result of the pandemic on a “downward trend” for over a year. Public health agencies claim the decreasing severity of the situation is owed to global population immunity. According to Tedros, other factors weighing in are lower numbers of deaths as well as hospitals being less burdened.

He did clarify the pandemic has not come to an end.  

“It is with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency,” Tedros stated. “However, that does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat. Last week, COVID-19 claimed a life every three minutes—and that’s just the deaths we know about.”

Several mainstream news outlets are still claiming that early cases of COVID-19 are believed to be linked to a live-animal market in Wuhan, China. Meanwhile, experienced virologist and former director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield testified on Capitol Hill recently that “it is not scientifically plausible” for the coronavirus to have originated in bats and then spread to humans.

According to emails, Dr. Anthony Fauci—an immunologist, not virologist—was cautioned by numerous experts in as early as January 2020 that the contagion had unusual characteristics which pointed to a plausible lab-engineered origin.

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