The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the world needs the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than ever expressed the global health watchdog’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at the G7 Summit.
Speaking at the G7 Summit, Dr. Tedros, stated, “In each of your nations, public health measures in combination with vaccination is driving cases and deaths to the lowest levels since the pandemic began. But around the world, many other countries are now facing a surge in cases – and they are facing it without vaccines.
He further added, “We are in the race of our lives, but it’s not a fair race, and most countries have barely left the starting line.Our short-term targets are to vaccinate at least 10% of the population of every country by September, and at least 40% by the end of the year, as you have seen in the joint proposal by the IMF, WHO, WTO, and the World Bank. To reach those targets, we need 100 million more doses right now – this month and next month – and 250 million more by September.”
To truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by the time you meet again in Germany next year. This can be done with the support of the G7 and G20, together. To do that, we need 11 billion doses, further expressed in his speech.
Throwing light on sharing of data, information, and resources, Dr. Tedros, stated that there are many other lessons we all must learn about how to keep our nations and our world safer from future pandemics. “Above all, at the root of the pandemic is a deficit of solidarity and sharing – of the data, information, resources, technology, and tools that every nation needs to keep its people safe.”