World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 was “certainly higher” than 1 million.
Tedros said at a high-level UNGA event, “A million people have confirmed they lost their lives to this new virus. The real number is certainly higher. Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals around the world.”
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to work together to expand access to testing and treatment and support the vaccine for the “global common good”.
“It is in each country’s national and economic self-interest to work together to massively expand access to testing and treatment and to support a vaccine as a global public good, a popular vaccine that is available and affordable to all everywhere. Access to COVID- 19 The Tools (ACT) Accelerator with its COVAX facility is the vehicle to get us there, “he said.
Guterres stressed that the ACT Accelerator is the only surefire way to reopen the global economy and ensure that the most successful vaccine reaches everyone.
“The current funding gap for ACT Accelerator is $ 35 billion. That is less than 1 percent of what the G20 governments have already pledged for domestic stimulus packages. In other words, roughly the same as the world spends on cigarettes every two weeks full funding of the ACT accelerator will help control the pandemic, restore confidence and stimulate global recovery, “he added.
According to the latest update from Johns Hopkins University, 33,706,888 people worldwide have tested positive for coronavirus and 1,009,064 deaths have been reported to date.