The director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Sunday that if countries do not use existing tools to fight the pandemic effectively, its end will not be near.
“The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it,” Mr Tedros said at the World Health Summit, a global forum held in Germany.
“We have all the tools we need, but the world has not used them properly,” Mr Tedros said, addressing representatives from the 100 countries that took part virtually.
Obstacles to meeting the WHO goal of vaccinating 40% of the population of each country against coronavirus are related to “policy and profits”, said the head of the WHO, “not to production”.
“Countries that have already reached the 40% target, including all G-20 countries, should be allowed to receive vaccines by COVAX and the African Vaccine Trust,” Mr Tedros said.
The WHO official also urged vaccine manufacturers to become “much more transparent” about their distribution process.
He urged them to “share knowledge, technology and licenses and give up intellectual property rights.”
“We are not asking for charity,” Tedros said. “We are calling for a reasonable investment in the global recovery.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 243.7 million infections and nearly 5 million deaths worldwide were registered by COVID as of Monday; and almost 7 billion vaccines have been made so far./VOA
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