The end of the pandemic may come this year, says WHO director Tedros Adhanom

In a statement released through LinkedIn, the director of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, provided a hopeful message about the end of the covid-19 pandemic. He said that one of the most important tools to combat this contingency is equity, because despite the measures, deaths and record infections, there is a population that has not yet received their vaccination doses.

“If we end inequity, we end the pandemic and we end the global nightmare that we have all experienced. And this is possible,” he said, explaining that they will work in collaboration with governments to prioritize vaccine deliveries to initiatives such as COVAX and AVAT. . The goal is to vaccinate 70% of people in all countries by the middle of this year.

“New treatments have been developed that can improve access and reduce deaths. However, due to glaring inequality, these benefits have not been universally enjoyed. We are seeing some nations carry out blanket booster programs at a time. with only half of WHO Member States meeting the goal of immunizing 40% of their population by the end of 2021 due to uneven global supply. This gap can also be seen in the fact that in one year since the first vaccines began to be injected into their arms, 3 out of 4 health workers in Africa remain unvaccinated. “

Tedros also stated that the booster dose turns out to be the most effective in the vaccination schedule. Similarly, in these two years of the pandemic, regulations have been implemented to help prevent transmission, such as the use of masks and physical distancing; precisely maintaining these guidelines will give us the “opportunity to reverse this pandemic forever.”

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