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WHO Chief asks nations to not vaccinate youngsters and donate to COVAX as COVID-19 to be ‘extra lethal’ this yr | World Information

New Delhi: The World Well being Group (WHO) on Friday (Could 14, 2021) requested nations to not vaccinate youngsters and urged them to donate vaccines to COVAX as COVID-19 to be ‘extra lethal’ this yr.

Throughout a press briefing, WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the undeniable fact that so many individuals are nonetheless not protected in opposition to coronavirus is a tragic reflection on the gross distortion in entry to COVID-19 vaccines throughout the globe.

Ghebreyesus stated, “I perceive why some nations need to vaccinate their youngsters and adolescents, however proper now I urge them to rethink and to as an alternative donate vaccines to COVAX. As a result of in low and lower-middle-income nations, vaccine provide has not been sufficient to even immunize well being and care staff, and hospitals are being inundated with people who want lifesaving care urgently.”

The WHO Chief knowledgeable that at current, solely 0.3% of vaccine provide goes to low-income nations.

Ghebreyesus said that COVID-19 has already price greater than 3.Three million lives and stated, “We’re on monitor for the second yr of this pandemic to be way more lethal than the primary.”

“Saving lives and livelihoods with a mix of public well being measures and vaccination – not one or the opposite – is the one approach out of the pandemic,” he added.

Ghebreyesus stated that India stays massively regarding, with a number of states persevering with to see a worrying variety of instances, hospitalizations and deaths. 

He highlighted that WHO is responding and has shipped 1000’s of oxygen concentrators, tents for cell discipline hospitals, masks and different medical provides to assist India combat the second wave of coronavirus.

“However it’s not solely India that has emergency wants. Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are simply among the nations which might be coping with spikes in instances and hospitalizations,” the WHO Director-Normal stated.

He added that some nations within the Americas nonetheless have excessive numbers of COVID-19 instances and as a area, the Americas accounted for 40% of all COVID-19 deaths final week. 

“There are additionally spikes in some nations in Africa,” Ghebreyesus said.

The world has thus far witnessed over 16,15,54,788 confirmed coronavirus instances, of which, 33,53,195 have succumbed to the virus, as per Johns Hopkins College on Saturday (Could 15) morning.

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