WHO: The World Can't Pretend The Pandemic Is Over
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WHO: The World Can’t Pretend The Pandemic Is Over

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that no country can pretend that the pandemic has ended.

Speaking to reporters during a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva, Monday (31/8/2020), Tedros said countries must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives if they consider reopening their daily economic activities in the face of the Covid pandemic. -19.

The greater the control over the virus, the more open those countries will be, Tedros said. Reopening activities without having control over the virus would lead to disaster, he continued. Tedros proposed “four essential things” for all countries, cities and individuals that need to be done to control the virus, including preventing large gatherings in stadiums and nightclubs, and intensifying programs of testing, contact tracing and isolation.

He said countries must take steps to protect vulnerable groups, including the elderly, those with other illnesses and essential workers, who he says will help save lives and take the burden off their health systems.

He said countries must take steps to protect vulnerable groups, including the elderly, those with other illnesses and essential workers, who he says will help save lives and take the burden off their health systems.

Tedros also urged people to wear masks, apply social distancing, and wash their hands frequently. At the same time, WHO also raised warnings about the race to produce a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 in response to Dr Stephen Hahn, head of the US Food and Drug Administration, that his agency would allow emergency use of vaccines before the final stage of trials. in humans completely.

“Issuance of such a permit must be done with great seriousness and consideration. This is not something that can be done easily,” said WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan.

Dr Mike Ryan, Director of the WHO Health Emergency Program, said a country’s vaccine policy must be guided by the highest ethical standards. Coincidentally, a new survey from the World Economic Forum conducted by Ipsos found that about 74 percent of adults worldwide said they would like to receive the coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available.

Of the 20,000 respondents in 27 countries surveyed, China was the most enthusiastic about vaccines, with 97 percent support, while respondents in Russia were the least enthusiastic, with only 54 percent of respondents expressing a willingness to be vaccinated.

Among respondents in the US, which leads the world with more than 6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 183,585 deaths, about 67 percent said they would like to be vaccinated.

Although average rates of new infections in several states have stabilized or even fallen, several states in the American Midwest, including Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and North and South Dakota, have reported an alarming number of new cases in recent days.

As of Tuesday (9/1/2020), the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 24.5 million, with nearly 850,000 deaths, said the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracking program.