Speaking in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, he said the world must unite with “determination, dedication and discipline” to triumph over it. COVID-19 pandemic.
“More than any other event (the Games) have the power to unite the world; to inspire; to show what is possible ”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (who) said to the International Olympic Committee, with the Olympic flame in hand.
He warned that the world was now in the early stages of another wave of infections and deaths, urging all countries to embark on a “massive global push” to vaccinate at least 10 percent of their population in September.
Today, 75 percent of vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries, Tedros said, while in low-income countries, “only 1 percent of people have received at least one dose.”
The WHO chief said the fact that the world does not share vaccines, tests and treatments, including oxygen, is fueling “a two-way pandemic” between those who have to are opening and those who do not have to close. .
“This is not just a moral outrage; it is also epidemiologically and economically counterproductive, ”he said, warning that the more inequity persists, the slower the recovery.
More transmissions will lead to more potentially dangerous mutations, even greater than the devastating Delta variant, he warned.
“Y The more variants, the greater the likelihood that one of them will bypass vaccines and get us all back to where we started.“Said the WHO official, reiterating that” none of us is safe until we all are. ”
‘Sick and tired’
Tedros called the pandemic a test in which “the world is failing” and recalled that we are not in a race against each other, but against the virus.
“In the time it takes me to make these comments, more than 100 people will lose their lives to COVID-19,” he said. “Y By the time the Olympic flame goes out on August 8, more than 100,000 people will perish”.
COVID has already claimed more than four million lives, and the number continues to rise as the number of deaths this year has already exceeded double last year’s total, according to the WHO chief.
“The people of the world are sick and tired,” he said, “fed up with the virus … the lives and livelihoods it has taken … the suffering it has caused … the restrictions and disruptions in their lives. .. the confusion it has caused in economies and societies …[and] the dark clouds it has thrown over our future. ”
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught many painful but important lessons, including the when health is at risk, everything is at risksaid the UN official.
“That is why the WHO’s highest priority is universal health coverage,” he explained, sharing the vision of a world in which all people can access health services where and when they need them, without having to face financial difficulties.
When asked when the pandemic will end, Tedros responds “when the world decides to end it.”
“We have the tools to prevent transmission and save lives. Our common goal should be to vaccinate 70 percent of the population of all countries by the middle of next year, “he concluded.
Meanwhile, the WHO on Wednesday reported a 12 percent increase in new cases globally last week, compared to the previous week, a total of 3.4 million new cases.
Since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago, there have been more than 190 million confirmed infections and more than 4,109,000 deaths.