The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus, attended a press conference organized by the Geneva Association of Correspondents (ACANU) in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus at its headquarters on 3 July 2020. WHO in Geneva.
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“Worldwide, deaths and deaths continue to rise at an alarming rate,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus at a briefing focusing on Papua New Guinea and the western Pacific region.
“Globally, the number of new cases per week has almost doubled in the last two months. This is close to the highest rate of infection we have seen so far during the pandemic,” he continued.
“Some countries that previously avoided widespread are now seeing a sharp rise in infections,” Tedros said, citing Papua New Guinea as an example.
Tedros said the United Nations health agency would continue to assess the evolution of the coronavirus crisis and “adjust the advice accordingly.”
According to international health regulations, Tedros said the WHO emergency committee met on Thursday and he expects to receive their advice on Monday.
“Globally, our message to all people in all countries remains the same. We all need to play a role in ending the pandemic,” he said.
To date, more than 139 million Covid cases have been reported worldwide with 2.9 million deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11 last year.
Earlier, Tedros said one of the WHO’s top priorities was to increase the ambition of COVAX, an initiative working for fair global access to Covid vaccines to help all countries end the pandemic.
The COVAX scheme was expected to deliver almost 100 million vaccines to humans by the end of March, but has so far distributed only about 38 million doses.
The WHO said it hoped the initiative would catch up in the coming months, but condemned what it described as a “shocking imbalance” in the distribution of vaccines between high-income and low-income countries.
The Health Agency also criticizes countries that have sought their own vaccine deals outside the COVAX initiative for political or commercial reasons.
Earlier this year, the WHO’s Tedros warned that the world was on the brink of a “catastrophic moral failure” due to vaccine inequality.
He said the approach I was initially taking to vaccines would put the world’s poorest and most vulnerable at risk, adding that the approach was “self-destructive” as it would encourage accumulation and likely prolong the health crisis.