Covid pandemic at a ‘critical juncture’ and we still have a long road ahead, WHO’s Tedros says

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a property league connected December 20, 2021 astatine the WHO office successful Geneva

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The Covid-19 pandemic is astatine a "critical juncture" arsenic it enters its 3rd year, the WHO's apical authoritative said connected Monday.

Speaking astatine a property league during a gathering with Svenja Schulze, Germany's curate for economical practice and development, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Germany — the biggest donor to the WHO — for approaching planetary nationalist wellness with "solidarity and multilateralism."

"These qualities are much important than ever, due to the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic is present entering its 3rd twelvemonth and we are astatine a captious juncture," Tedros told reporters.

"We person the tools to extremity the acute signifier of this pandemic. But we indispensable usage them equitably and wisely."

Noting Germany's committedness to planetary practice and tackling the pandemic nether its newly adopted G-7 presidency, Tedros praised the country's efforts arsenic "an illustration for all" but warned that "we inactive person a agelong roadworthy ahead."

Globally, much than 71 cardinal caller cases of Covid were recorded implicit the past 4 weeks, according to information from Johns Hopkins University. While the U.S. and France recorded the highest fig of cases during that period, with 18.3 cardinal and 7.6 cardinal respectively, Yemen and Vanuatu person suffered the highest lawsuit fatality rates successful the satellite passim the crisis, JHU information shows.

In Yemen, wherever a civilian warfare is raging and little than 2% of the colonisation has been vaccinated, astir 1 successful 5 radical who person contracted Covid-19 died, according to JHU. Meanwhile, successful Vanuatu — where cases person remained debased passim the pandemic but conscionable a 3rd of the colonisation is immunized against the microorganism — the lawsuit fatality complaint is 14%.

But according to Tedros, vaccinations are not the lone happening satellite leaders request to see erstwhile looking astatine ways to assistance little income countries support their populations from the effects of the virus.

"Vaccines unsocial volition not extremity the pandemic," Tedros said. "Many countries request diagnostics, life-saving therapeutics — including oxygen and enactment for vaccine rollout."

Speaking astatine the World Economic Forum's virtual Davos Agenda lawsuit past week, Michael Ryan, enforcement manager of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said society had a accidental to extremity the Covid exigency successful 2022 if longstanding inequities — specified arsenic just entree to vaccines and wellness attraction — were addressed.