The Covid-19 virus has already claimed more than four million people worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to records, but the actual number of deaths from the disease may be much higher, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“The world is in a dangerous stage of this epidemic. We have just passed a tragic stage, which is four million deaths recorded by Covid-19,” Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva (Switzerland). He also criticized the existing inequality in vaccination campaigns between rich and poor countries, and called To greater international cooperation to combat the epidemic “from an ethical, epidemiological and economic point of view.”
The head of the World Health Organization blamed that “some countries with high vaccination coverage are planning to implement booster doses and lift restrictions or make them more flexible, as if the epidemic is already over.” However, due to the more contagious variants of COVID-19 and the “glaring inequality” in vaccination, many countries “in all regions of the world are experiencing sharp increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations”.
This has led to “a severe lack of oxygen and treatment”, which is “in turn causing a wave of deaths in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America”. Vaccine nationalism, where a handful of countries have more than others [de los fármacos]It is morally untenable and an ineffective public health strategy against a respiratory virus that is rapidly mutating and becoming increasingly effective at transmission from one person to another.”