WHO WARNS OF 'CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM' FOR COVID-19 VACCINE


17/11/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO-  Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared that they had received "encouraging" news in recent days about the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. However, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said that despite the news, they remain "cautiously optimistic" about it.

"Now is not the time for complacency," said Ghebreyesus, who held a meeting with who epidemic experts via video conference at the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his speech, Ghebreyesus stressed that the struggle against Covid-19 is not a choice between "life and livelihood". "The fastest way to open up economies is to defeat the virus," Director General Ghebreyesus said in his assessment of the economy and the virus.

At the meeting, Ghebreyesus also addressed the increase in cases in the northern hemisphere. "At the moment, we are extremely concerned about the increase in cases that we are seeing in some countries. Especially in Europe and America, health workers and health systems are drifting towards breaking point," he said.

Ghebreyesus shared his views on the WHO's global vaccine and treatment against the epidemic Program (Act Accelerator) and the WHO's co-led Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Program (COVAX). The director-general said that "The G20 leaders will meet this weekend. This is an opportunity for ACT Accelerator and Covax to commit financially and politically. In this way, together we can quickly end this epidemic."

Ghebreyesus also said $ 23.9 billion is needed for 2021 to combat the epidemic.

"We should have a realistic hope, but we're not there yet," said Mike Ryan, Director of the World Health Organization's Emergencies Program.


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