Tedros: “The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it” | Coronavirus | DW

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will end “when everyone decides to end it”, since we currently have “all the tools” necessary to fight the virus, said the head of the World Organization this Sunday (10/24/2021). of Health (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during the opening ceremony of the World Summit on Health, which takes place every year in Berlin.

Tedros, who also urged a more equitable distribution of vaccines, assured that “the pandemic will end when everyone decides to end it. It is in our hands. We have all the tools we need: effective public health and medical tools.” At the same time, he criticized that these tools have not been used properly and recalled that with almost 50,000 deaths a week, “the pandemic is far from over.”

He also noted that the set goal of vaccinating 40 percent of the population of each country by the end of this year can be achieved, but under certain conditions. To do this, he asked all countries that have at least 40 percent of their population vaccinated to “give up their place in the vaccine distribution queue” to the COVAX mechanism and the African Fund for Vaccine Acquisition (AVAT).

The last one where we fail

Tedros also called on vaccine producers to prioritize COVAX and, at the same time, fulfill their commitments to that mechanism, as well as to be more transparent about the destination of vaccines and to share knowledge, technologies and licenses and to waive the rights of intellectual property. “If we do this, we can end the pandemic and accelerate the global recovery,” he said.

For his part, António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, warned that “nationalism in vaccination and the hoarding of vaccines puts us all in danger,” and lamented that the “triumph of vaccines, developed and commercialized in record time ”, Has been overshadowed by the“ tragedy of unequal distribution ”.

That of “COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic we face, but it may be the last in which we fail,” he added. The World Health Summit brings together 380 speakers until Tuesday both in person in Berlin and virtually already around six thousand participants from all over the world.

DZC (EFE, AFP)

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