By contrast, the World Health Organization’s assessment of COVID-19 was based on data from countries and territories, which is not a reliable tool.
The World Health Assembly’s assessment is “incomplete and unreliable” and does not provide “an accurate picture of the global burden of COVI-19,” the WHO said.
“As the WHO has noted, the WHO assessment has no baseline and no method for assessing and comparing the effects of COV-19 on the global economy,” WHO spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement.
The WHO is urging countries and international partners to update their own assessments to better reflect the impact of COv-19, including the extent of air and water pollution, health impacts, and the impact on economies.
The report, which was released Wednesday, comes amid a push to address COVID in the United States, where President Donald Trump has proposed new regulations for industries such as oil and gas drilling.
The new regulations would impose limits on oil and natural gas production and the production of new fuels and chemicals.
The American Petroleum Institute has urged the Trump administration to immediately stop the rule, saying that it “would further exacerbate the risks posed by the epidemic.”
The World Resources Institute, an advocacy group that focuses on fossil fuels, also has urged a halt to the rules.
The International Energy Agency’s latest estimate of COvo-19 fatalities in the Americas shows that COvo deaths have fallen sharply since the end of 2015.
In 2017, there were 2,876, or 3.4%, of COvent deaths in the region, compared with 4,971, or 7.9%, in 2016.