The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, said that the world community should take into account the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic and “prepare for new epidemics and pandemics”.
Speaking at the health summit of small island states, he said: “We all need to learn the lessons that the pandemic teaches us.”
Gebreyesus noted that it is necessary to “do everything possible to prepare for new epidemics and pandemics, to prevent them, identify them and respond quickly to them on the basis of universal health coverage and strong primary health care.”
The Director-General pointed to “vaccine inequality and vaccine nationalism” and the gap between high-and low-income countries. He cited statistics according to which, almost 80% of all vaccinations against COVID are now in 10 countries of the world.
“If countries immediately share vaccines with the COVAX mechanism and if manufacturers give priority to COVAX orders, then we will be able to vaccinate at least 10% of the population of each country by September and at least 40% by the end of the year,” Gebreyesus said.