The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed millions since late 2019, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
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“Last week, the number of weekly deaths from COVID-19 fell to its lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press briefing in Geneva said during
However, he warned: “We are not there yet, but the end is near.”
“Somebody who runs a marathon doesn’t stop seeing the finish line. He runs fast, with all the energy he has left. And so are we,” said the head of the WHO.
We can all see the finish line, we are on our way to winning but this would be the worst time to really stop racing,” he insisted.
“If we do not take advantage of this opportunity, we risk more diversity, more deaths, more disruption and more uncertainty”, underscoring Dr. Tedros, calling for “seize this opportunity”. it is said.
According to the latest epidemiological report on Covid-19 released by the WHO after the press conference, the number of cases fell by 28% to around 3.1 million during the week of September 5 to 11 as compared to the previous week. Newly reported infections.
The number of deaths fell 22% to less than 11,000 in the same period.
The number of infections is undoubtedly very high, especially because mild cases are not necessarily declared, but also because many countries have more or less exhausted their testing capacity.
A study by the organization, based on estimates and estimates published in May, reported 13 to 17 million additional deaths from Covid by the end of 2021.
As of mid-September the official figure is more than 6.4 million deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
As Dr. Tedros begins his message of hope, WHO publishes six guides for member states to quickly reverse this health crisis, which has cost trillions of euros in the period of development. The world has been paralyzed for many months. exposed inequalities in the economy and the world, particularly in the matter of vaccination.
Rich countries have monopolized the dose available and vaccination rates are still inadequate in many poor countries.
The head of the UN organization said these recommendations are “an urgent call for governments to seriously consider their policies, strengthen them against COVID-19 and future pathogens that may have the potential to cause pandemics.” “
In these recommendations, there is a message that WHO has been repeating for almost 2 years and the advent of vaccines: 100% immunization of vulnerable people and healthcare workers, continue the testing and gene sequencing program, which makes it possible to specifically monitor traces of new Potentially dangerous variants.
“Together we can end this pandemic, but only if countries, businesses, communities and individuals come forward and seize the opportunity,” Tedros said.
Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s Head of Emergency Situations, runs Point Home.
“We are still dealing with a virus that mutates and evolves easily and which has proven more than once over the past two years that it knows how to adapt,” he stressed.