Whilst news of Covid-19 dominates the news agenda there is other news.
Globally, life expectancy has increased by more than 6 years between 2000 and 2019 – from 66.8 years in 2000 to 73.4 years in 2019. While healthy life expectancy (HALE) has also increased by 8% from 58.3 in 2000 to 63.7, in 2019, this was due to declining mortality rather than reduced years lived with disability. In other words, the increase in HALE (5.4 years) has not kept pace with the increase in life expectancy (6.6 years)
So the challenge for WHO and governments around the world, is to seek ways of trying to increase the healthy life expectancy (HALE) of our global population.
And of COVID-19…globally, as of 1st October 2021, there have been 233,503,524 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,777,503 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 September 2021, a total of 6,143,369,655 vaccine doses have been administered.
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