The Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases plan to convene and review Covid-19 protocols in light of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) putting an end to the Covid-19 global health emergency.

The DOH said it welcomed the WHO decision, stating that it was an “acknowledgment of our effective and collaborative Covid-19 response and concerted efforts to fully recover and re-open our economy.”

“The DOH will convene the members of the (IATF) to discuss and reassess policies and other guidelines affected by the declaration,” the health department said in a statement on Friday night, May 5.

“The DOH guarantees the Filipino people that all factors in determining our next action in line with the WHO’s proclamation will be considered and discussed for the approval of the President,” it added.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines has reached nearly 4.1 million, with a death toll of 66,444.

More than 78.4 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated based on the latest DOH data.

Globally, the disease has left at least 20 million dead. John Ezekiel J. Hirro