Africa: Who Director-General’s Opening Remarks At the Media Rundown On Covid-19 – 1 March 2021

Africa: Who Director-General’s Opening Remarks At the Media Rundown On Covid-19 – 1 March 2021

Today, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire started vaccinating health employees against COVID-19, becoming the first nations to begin vaccination campaigns with doses provided through COVAX. A further 11 million doses will be delivered today.

In between now and the end of May, 237 million doses of vaccines will be allocated to 142 getting involved economies in COVAX. Tomorrow, COVAX will release the first round of allocations, covering the majority of economies taking part in the COVAX Facility.

In the previous week, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 increased for the first time in 7 weeks. Reported cases increased in 4 of WHO’s 6 areas: the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Today marks Zero Discrimination Day – a day to accentuate the various barriers that stand in between people and the health services they need. And it’s a prompt pointer of our focus on health equality for World Health Day this year, with the style of “Building a fairer, much healthier world.”

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Great early morning, great afternoon and great night.

Today, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire started immunizing health workers against COVID-19, ending up being the first nations to begin vaccination projects with doses provided through COVAX.

A further 11 million dosages will be delivered this week.

Between now and completion of May, 237 million dosages of vaccines will be assigned to 142 taking part economies and countries in COVAX.

Tomorrow, COVAX will release the first round of allowances, covering the majority of economies taking part in the COVAX Center.

It’s motivating to see health employees in lower-income countries starting to be vaccinated, however it’s regrettable that this comes nearly 3 months after some of the wealthiest nations began their vaccination campaigns.

And it’s regrettable that some nations continue to prioritize immunizing more youthful, much healthier grownups at lower danger of disease in their own populations ahead of health employees and older people elsewhere.

Nations are not in a race with each other, this is a common race against the virus.

We’re not asking nations to put their own people at risk. We’re asking all nations to be part of a worldwide effort to reduce the virus everywhere.

WHO and our partners in COVAX will continue to burn the midnight oil towards our vision of seeing vaccination start in every country within the first 100 days of this year. There are now 40 days left.

We can only understand this vision with the support and cooperation of all partners.

Even as vaccines continue to present, we prompt all federal governments and individuals to keep in mind that vaccines alone will not keep you safe.

In the past week, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 increased for the very first time in 7 weeks. You bear in mind that I reported the infection was declining for 6 consecutive weeks, however for the first time in 7 weeks, we have an increase.

Documented cases increased in 4 of WHO’s six regions: the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean – so we do not report increases in Africa and the Western Pacific.

This is frustrating, however not surprising.

We’re working to much better understand these increases in transmission.

Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued blood circulation of versions, and people pulling down their guard.

Vaccines will help to conserve lives, however if countries rely entirely on vaccines, they’re making a mistake.

Fundamental public health measures remain the foundation of the response.

For public health authorities, that suggests testing, contact tracing, seclusion, supported quarantine and quality care.

For individuals, it implies preventing crowds, physical distancing, hand health, masks and ventilation.

This is a global crisis that needs a consistent and collaborated international reaction.

And we need to keep in mind that for countless people, COVID-19 is simply one risk they deal with every day.

As I discussed on Friday, today Sweden, Switzerland and the United Nations are hosting a Top-level Pledging Occasion for Yemen, seeking to raise more than US$ 3.8 billion, for more than 20 million Yemenis in requirement of urgent humanitarian assistance.

More than 5 million people are now at danger of famine. And currently, half a million kids under five might die from appetite in the coming weeks, unless they get immediate treatment.

We thank those donors who have actually made contributions so far. These contributions need to be sustained.

We are also worried about the reported arrest of health employees in Myanmar that could impact the action to COVID-19 and the delivery of other important health services.

And in Ethiopia, the ongoing dispute in the Tigray area has actually put numerous health centers and health centers out of action.

We are deeply worried about the threat of illness due to lack of food, clean water, shelter and access to healthcare.

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Lastly, today marks No Discrimination Day – a day to draw attention to the many barriers that stand between people and the health services they require.

All over the world, inequality, stigma and discrimination are, and have actually constantly been, drivers of illness of all kinds.

And it’s a timely pointer of our concentrate on health equality for World Health Day this year, with the theme of “Structure a fairer, healthier world.”

Ultimately, health is not simply a matter of science and medicine – it’s a matter of human rights.

Christian, back to you.

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