Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that the rates of new types of corona virus (Covid-19) cases and hospitalizations among people aged 25-59 worldwide have increased alarmingly.
“Last week, Covid-19 cases increased for the eighth consecutive week and more than 5.2 million new cases were reported, which was the highest number of cases ever recorded in a week,” Ghebreyesus said at the press conference held at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. . ” said.
Pointing out that deaths from Covid-19 around the world also increased in the 5th week in a row, Ghebreyesus said, “More than 3 million deaths have now been reported to WHO. It took 9 months to reach 1 million deaths, we reached 2 million in 4 months, 3 million in 3 months. “Big numbers can make us numb. But each of these deaths is a tragedy for families, societies and nations.”
Ghebreyesus warned of an alarming increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations among people aged 25-59 globally, citing the increased “social cohesion” between new variants and young adults as a possible cause.
CALL FOR EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF VACCINES FROM CLIMATE ACTIVIST THUNBERG
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is involved in the WHO campaign against vaccine inequality, urged the global community to overcome vaccine inequality.
“The international community must do more to address the tragedy of vaccine inequality,” Thunberg said.
Stating that the Greta Thunberg Foundation will donate 100,000 euros to support vaccine equality, Thunberg called for the fair distribution of vaccines to countries, especially the USA and England, which vaccinate a significant part of their population.
“832 MILLION DOSE VACCINES APPLIED”
Ghebreyesus thanked Thunberg for his support to the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Program (COVAX) and stated that 832 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been applied globally so far.
“But more than 82 percent of them went to high- or upper-middle-income countries, while low-income countries only reached 0.2 percent of the vaccine,” Ghebreyesus said. said.
“NO NEED FOR VACCINE EVIDENCE FOR TRAVEL”
On the other hand, the WHO Emergency Committee recommended that proof of vaccine is not required as a condition of international travel.
WHO does not lean towards the “vaccine passport” for now due to the uncertainty about whether Covid-19 vaccination prevents the transmission of the virus and the vaccine injustice in the world.