The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), a year after China reported its first case of the novel coronavirus, urged countries on Wednesday to ensure that the vaccine is available to people at risk as well as wealthy countries.
WHO Secretary General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appealed for $4 billion to purchase Covid-19 vaccine for distribution to low- and middle-income countries through a COVAX vaccine facility.
In a video message published on the eve of the 1st anniversary of China’s founding, Tedros said, “This is the challenge we will face in the new year.
“Vaccines offer great hope to change the tide of the pandemic. But to protect the world, we need to ensure that everyone at risk is vaccinated, not just in countries where the vaccine can be purchased,” he said.
He also urged countries to fight against attacks on conspiracy theory and science, saying “the choice is easy,” and the world “walks together the last mile of this crisis and can help each other from fair vaccine sharing to accurate delivery. There is. For everyone in need of “advice, compassion and care”.
The COVAX Alliance, which aims to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for poor countries, agreed on about 2 billion shots on Dec. 18, about doubling its supply, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2021. Said that it is.
An international expert mission led by the WHO will visit China in the first week of January to investigate the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in Wuhan in December 2019.
More than 81.8 million people worldwide were reported to be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to Reuters statistics, with 1,788,443 deaths.
“The promising scenario is that the virus will be another endemic virus, which will be somewhat of a threat, but it will be a very low level threat in the context of an effective global antivirus program,” said Mike Ryan, WHO Chief Emergency Specialist. Monday press conference.