Dec. 21, 2021

21 Dec 2021 Your two key COVID-19 weekly reports

21 Dec 2021 Your two key COVID-19 weekly reports




Weekly COVID-19 Reports Update


Weekly Epidemiological Update

 21 December

During the week 13-19 December, the global number of new cases remained similar to those reported during the previous week; however, the weekly incidence of deaths decreased by 9%. Nonetheless, this corresponds to over 4.1 million new cases and just under 45 000 new deaths. As of 19 December, over 273 million cases and over 5.3 million deaths have been reported globally

In this edition an update is also provided on SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) and variants of interest (VOIs)

Please note, the next two issues of the Weekly Epidemiological Report (to be published on 28 December and 6 January) will be condensed versions covering only the global and regional epidemiology.

Weekly Operational Update

21 December

  • Implementing national studies on the real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in Armenia
  • Delivering critical equipment and supplies in the Western Pacific to Vanuatu and Fiji
  • Boosting Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 response and disease surveillance with laboratory commodities
  • Bringing COVID-19 vaccination to the most vulnerable via the Global Health Cluster
  • Supporting the global scale-up of infodemic management
  • Strengthening genomic surveillance: WHO in collaboration with GISAID organizes training workshops for laboratory experts
  • Conducting the first Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) Pilot: Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Updates on WHO’s financing to support countries on COVID-19 response implementation to suppress transmission, reduce exposure, and protect the vulnerable and save lives
  • Progress on a subset of global indicators that demonstrate country and global progress to end the acute phase of the pandemic

Donors making a difference - Highlights of the COVID-19 response

Stories from Sierra Leone, Viet Nam, Guyana, Uganda, Islamic Republic of Iran, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Sri Lanka, Yemen and more 

Photo ©WHO/Islamic Republic of Iran

WHO SPRP 2021 Mid-term Report - WHO Strategic Action Against COVID-19

WHO COVID-19 SPRP: Updated Appeal September 2021 - March 2022

New ACT-Accelerator Appeal: Supporting the spinal cord of the global COVID-19 response - December 2021


Read more stories of ongoing work in countries around the world in support of the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 2021

This week we have received additional funds from the Republic of Korea and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Thanks to all donors and partners contributing to the WHO COVID-19 Response