WHO head urged to prepare for new pandemics

The global community must heed the lessons of the current coronavirus pandemic and prepare for new epidemics and pandemics. Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus stated this on Monday, Trend reports with reference to TASS.

Speaking via telecom to the Small Island States Health Summit, he said, “We must all learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us.” As the head of WHO stressed, it is necessary “to do everything possible to prepare for new epidemics and pandemics, to prevent, detect and respond quickly to them on the basis of universal health coverage and strong primary health care.”

Speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghebreyesus drew attention to “vaccine inequalities and vaccine nationalism” that are widening the “gap between high and low income countries.” According to him, 77% of all vaccinations against coronavirus now occur in only 10 countries of the world. At the same time, most low-income countries “still do not have enough vaccine to reach the most vulnerable and at-risk populations.”

“If countries immediately share vaccines with the COVAX mechanism and if manufacturers prioritize COVAX orders, then we can vaccinate at least 10% of each country’s population by September and at least 40% by the end of the year,” the CEO said. He recalled that by September it is necessary to find “an additional 250 million doses of the vaccine.”




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