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Don’t waste your vaccination hope, warn WHO

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Covax announced next week that it will distribute 14.4 million COVID-19 vaccines to 31 more countries, as WHO warned on Friday not to waste the hope it brings with complacency.

Covax’s global vaccine sharing facility has shipped more than 20 million vaccines to 20 countries as plans began this week aimed at giving poor countries access to jabs.

However, the World Health Organization has expressed fear that a further wave of coronavirus pandemics may be underway if people believe that the deployment of vaccines around the world means the end of the crisis. ..

“I’m really worried … I think we’re going through this. We’re not,” WHO Emergency Director Michael Ryan said at a press conference.

“And if we aren’t careful, the nations will return to the third and fourth surges.

“The hope that vaccines bring should not be wasted … by neglecting other areas.”

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the first full week of Covax deployment, but said wealthy countries were still leaving others behind with a surge in vaccination.

In Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesoto, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda are receiving the first dose through Kovacs.

Elsewhere, Cambodia, Colombia, India, Moldova, Philippines and South Korea also receive deliveries.

“Mental trauma”

“Next week, Covax plans to administer 14.4 million more doses to 31 more countries, bringing the total number of countries to 51,” said Tedros.

“This is an encouraging advance, but the amount of dose delivered via Covax is still relatively small.”

He said that the first allocation, which will take place until the end of May, is “despite rapid progress towards immunization of the entire population within the next few months”, but 2 of the recipient’s population. He said it covered only ~ 3 percent.

He called for an urgent increase in vaccine production, including connecting manufacturers with more capable rivals.

Tedros also said the Earth will experience a pandemic mental injury over the next few years, the magnitude of its impact being worse than during recovery from World War II.

“The whole world is affected. Each and every one is affected. That means massive trauma beyond proportion. It’s even greater than what the world experienced after World War II.” He said.

“And when there is a large amount of trauma, it will affect the community over the years to come.”

“Countries need to see it that way and prepare for it.

“Popular, massive trauma.”


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