WHO ironizes with pandemic: “It will end when the world chooses to end it”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized that medical and public health tools have not been used properly.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized that medical and public health tools have not been used properly.

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It is not the first time that the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticizes la inequity in access to vaccines against Coronavirus in the world and this Sunday was no exception, he recalled that the pandemic, which adds 50,000 deaths a week, “is far from over”, just because of that imbalance.

To frame your claim, the WHO leader established that the Covid-19 pandemic will end “when everyone decides to end it”, since we currently have “all the tools” necessary to fight the virus.

Under the framework of the opening ceremony of the “World Summit on Health”, which brings together health professionals and political leaders every year in Berlin, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called, as on several other occasions, to vaccine producers to prioritize COVAX and, at the same time, comply with its commitments with this mechanism, as well as to be more transparent about the destination of vaccines and share knowledge, technologies and licenses and waive intellectual property rights. “If we do this, we can end the pandemic and accelerate the global recovery,” he said.

In the same vein, he pointed out that the set goal of vaccinating 40 percent of the population of each country by the end of this year can be achieved, but under certain conditions. For it, asked all countries that have at least 40 percent of their population vaccinated to “give up their place in the vaccine distribution queue” the COVAX mechanism and the African Fund for the Acquisition of Vaccines (AVAT) ”.

The claim, increasingly insistent when there is a public forum, joined that of the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who also warned that “nationalism in vaccination and the hoarding of vaccines puts us all in danger.“And regretted that the” triumph of vaccines, developed and marketed in record time, “has been overshadowed by the” tragedy of uneven distribution. ”

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