The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressed that ending the Corona virus pandemic requires vaccinating 70% of the world’s population, stressing the need to put an end to the “nationalism of vaccines”.
Tedros said, in an article he wrote for the newspaper “Izvestia” published on Sunday evening “We have to end the pandemic. This requires that all countries, through joint action, achieve until mid-2022 the global goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population.”
He added, “It is important that governments continue to systematically accredit health and social care, including testing, follow-up and information on copies of the virus without fears of any accusations.”
He pointed out that so far, “more than 8.5 billion doses of vaccines have been injected, and thanks to this, millions of lives have been saved,” adding that “new methods of treatment have also been developed, which allows for a significant reduction in death rates.”
And Tedros added, “This does not remove at the same time that special nationalism, due to which excessive reserves of vaccines were formed in some countries, which undermined the principle of justice (represented by equal access to vaccines) and the emergence of ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omron strain.”
The Director-General of the World Health Organization stressed “Therefore, the longer the principle of equitable access to vaccines continues to be violated, the higher the risk that the virus will continue to mutate, while we will not be able to predict or thwart these changes. By ending this injustice, we will be able to end the pandemic.”