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Covid pandemic at a ‘critical juncture,’ WHO’s Tedros says


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of WHO. He speaks in a press conference held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, on December 20, 2021.

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According to the WHO, Covid-19 is entering its third year at “critical juncture”, according to its top official.

Speaking at a press conference during a meeting with Svenja Schulze, Germany’s minister for economic cooperation and development, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Germany — the biggest donor to the WHO — for approaching global public health with “solidarity and multilateralism.”

Tedros stated that these qualities were more crucial than ever because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is entering its third year. “We are now at a critical turning point,” Tedros said to reporters.

“We have the resources to eliminate the pandemic’s acute phase. However, we need to use them wisely.

It is important to note Germany’s dedication to international cooperation, and the ability of its government to tackle the pandemic. newly adopted G-7 presidencyTedros acknowledged the efforts of the country as “an inspiration for all”, but cautioned that there was still a lot to do.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, there were more than 7 million cases of Covid in the world over the last four weeks. France and the U.S. had the most cases, 18.3 million each, and 7.6million respectively. Yemen and VanuatuJHU data has shown that these countries suffered one of the most severe cases of death during the current crisis.

JHU says that nearly one-fifth of Covid-19 cases in Yemen have been confirmed. The country is in civil war and only 2% has been immunized. Meanwhile, in Vanuatu — where cases have remained low throughout the pandemic but just a third of the population is immunized against the virus — the case fatality rate is 14%.

Tedros says vaccinations don’t have to be all that is needed for countries with lower incomes to avoid the devastating effects of the disease.

Tedros declared that “vaccines alone won’t end the pandemic.” “Many countries need diagnostics, life-saving therapeutics — including oxygen and support for vaccine rollout.”

Michael Ryan (executive director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme), spoke last week at the World Economic Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda. society had a chance to end the Covid emergency in 2022 if longstanding inequities — such as fair access to vaccines and health care — were addressed.