WHO President Tedros Ghebreyesus said that with a global death rate of almost 50,000 people a week, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. This fact was stated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a conference in Berlin, at the opening ceremony of the World Health Summit, according to The Journal of Montreal.
"The pandemic will end when the world decides to put an end to it, it is in our hands, we have all the necessary tools," the head of the WHO said.
According to him, humanity is yet to use these tools wisely. WHO aims to vaccinate 40% of each country's population by the end of the year and 70% by mid-2022.
"The goal is achievable, but only if the countries and companies controlling supplies implement their statements," Ghebreyesus said.
He called on countries that have already reached the 40% vaccination target, including the G20, to "give way to vaccine supplies" to the international Covax system and the African Vaccination Fund (Avat), set up by the African Union. As for vaccine manufacturers, according to the head of the WHO, they "should share know-how, technology and licenses; and renounce intellectual property rights to produce vaccines."
As it was reported earlier, WHO stated that the Covid pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need.
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the world could face a new pandemic in the next three months.