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Thursday, March 23, 2023

‘If we end inequality, we end COVID-19 pandemic’: WHO chief – ET Healthworld

GENEVA: As the world enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he is confident the pandemic will end in 2022 “if we eliminate inequality”. “.

On Friday, Tedros said, “While no country is out of the pandemic, we have many new tools to prevent and treat COVID-19. The longer inequality continues, the greater the risk of developing this virus.” There will be more.” prevent or predict. If we end inequality, we end the pandemic.”

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe this will be the year we end it – but only if we do it together, he said.

Highlighting that COVID-19 is not the only health threat that the people of the world will face next year, he said, millions of people have missed out on routine vaccinations, services for family planning, treatment for communicable and non-communicable diseases .

He further said that the WHO recommended the widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine, which, if widely and promptly introduced, could save thousands of lives every year.

“The eradication of polio has never been closer, with only five cases reported in the two remaining endemic countries. And tobacco use continues to decline. In the meantime, the WHO and our partners are reporting new outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg. Responded to crises around the world, including preventing it,” the WHO chief said.

He further added that to help prepare the world for future pandemics and pandemics, we established the new WHO Biohub system for countries to share new biological material.

And we opened the WHO Hub for Epidemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin to leverage innovations in data science for public health surveillance and response, the WHO chief said.

He reiterated that “we need all countries to work together to reach the global goal of immunizing 70 percent of people in all countries by the middle of 2022.”

The world has recently witnessed a new form of COVID-19, which has been detected as ‘Omicron’ in South Africa. The WHO has classified Omicron as having a ‘type of concern’.


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