The head of the World Health Organization, who has committed a year since China reported the first cases of the novel coronavirus, urged countries on Wednesday to ensure that vaccines are made available everywhere not only in rich countries but also at risk .
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, called for $ 4 billion to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for distribution in low and middle income countries through the COVAX vaccine facility.
“This is the challenge we will face in the New Year,” Tedros said in a video message released the day before China’s first anniversary that reported the first cases of pneumonia of unknown origin to the United States Health Department.
“Vaccines offer great hope of turning the tide on the pandemic. But to protect the world we need to ensure that all people at risk are vaccinated everywhere – not just in countries that can afford vaccines,” he said.
He also urged countries to fight conspiracy theories and attacks on science, saying, “The choice is easy,” and the world can “travel the final miles of this crisis together, helping each other, from the fair exchange of vaccines to offer accurate advice, compassion, and care to all who need them.
The COVAX alliance, which aims to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries, announced on December 18 that it had reached agreements on nearly 2 billion doses, roughly doubling supply. The first deliveries are planned for the beginning of 2021.
An international expert mission led by the WHO will travel to China in the first week of January to investigate the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in downtown Wuhan in December 2019.
According to a Reuters tally, more than 81.84 million people worldwide are infected with the novel coronavirus and 1,788,443 have died.
“The likely scenario is that the virus will turn into yet another endemic virus, a virus that remains a certain threat but a very minor threat under an effective global immunization program,” said Mike Ryan, WHO’s lead emergency expert. opposite a press conference on Monday.
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