World can start dreaming of COVID-19 pandemic’s end

The UN well being chief on Friday declared that optimistic outcomes from Covid-19 vaccine trials imply the world “can begin to dream about the end of the pandemic,” however he stated wealthy and highly effective nations should not trample the poor and marginalised “in the stampede for vaccines.” Also Read – COVID-19 Live Updates: Cases in India surge to 95,71,559 whereas dying toll reaches 1,39,188

In an deal with to the UN General Assembly’s first high-level session on the pandemic, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that whereas the virus can be stopped, “the path ahead remains treacherous.” Also Read – Kidney illness main threat issue for Covid hospitalisation: Study

The pandemic has proven humanity at “its best and worst,” he stated, pointing to “inspiring acts of compassion and self-sacrifice, breathtaking feats of science and innovation, and heartwarming demonstrations of solidarity, but also disturbing signs of self-interest, blame-shifting, and divisions.” Also Read – Coronavirus vaccine might be prepared for India in few weeks, says PM Modi

Vaccine Will Not Address The Vulnerabilities That Lie At Its Root

Referring to the present upsurge in infections and deaths, Tedros stated with out naming any international locations that “where science is drowned out by conspiracy theories, where solidarity is undermined by division, where sacrifice is substituted with self-interest, the virus thrives, the virus spreads.”

He warned in a digital deal with to the high-level meeting {that a} vaccine “will not address the vulnerabilities that lie at its root” — poverty, starvation, inequality, and local weather change, which he stated should be tackled as soon as the pandemic ends.

“We cannot and we must not go back to the same exploitative patterns of production and consumption, the same disregard for the planet that sustains all life, the same cycle of panic and meddling and the same divisive politics that fuelled this pandemic,” he stated.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is Growing Steadily Brighter

On vaccines, Tedros stated, “the light at the end of the tunnel is growing steadily brighter,” however vaccines “must be shared equally as global public goods, not as private commodities that widen inequalities and become yet another reason some people are left behind.”

He stated WHO’s ACT-Accelerator program to rapidly develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines pretty “is in danger of becoming no more than a noble gesture” with out main new funding.

He stated $4.3 billion is required instantly to put the groundwork for mass procurement and supply of vaccines and an additional $23.9 billion is required for 2021. That whole, Tedros stated, is lower than one-half of 1 p.c of the $11 trillion in stimulus packages introduced to this point by the Group of 20, the world’s richest international locations.

Huge Fund Is Required For Mass Procurement & Delivery Of Vaccines

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an identical enchantment for funding for the ACT-Accelerator at Thursday’s opening of the two-day General Assembly session.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated Friday that Guterres is pissed off and would have appreciated to see “a much much higher rate of investment by those countries who can.” Despite years of warnings, Tedros stated, many international locations had been unprepared for the pandemic and assumed their well being programs would defend their individuals. Many international locations which have completed greatest coping with the disaster had expertise responding to the outbreaks of SARS, MERS, HINI, and different infectious ailments, he stated.

“Global System For Preparedness Needs Attention”

WHO has been sharply criticized for not taking a stronger and extra vocal function in dealing with the pandemic.

Tedros advised the meeting that “clearly, the global system for preparedness needs attention.”

He stated a WHO fee established in September is reviewing worldwide well being laws. WHO can be working with a number of international locations on creating a pilot program wherein international locations conform to common and clear evaluations of their well being preparedness, he stated.

The pandemic additionally confirmed the necessity for a worldwide system to share samples of viruses and different pathogens that trigger illness to facilitate the event of “medical counter-measures as global public goods” he stated, welcoming Switzerland’s supply to make use of a high-security laboratory to handle a brand new biobank.

Tedros additionally backed European Union chief Charles Michel’s proposal for a global treaty underneath which WHO would monitor the dangers of rising infectious ailments in animals for transmission to people, guarantee alerts of well being dangers, enhance entry to well being care, and deal with financing wants. He stated this would offer “the political underpinning” for strengthening the worldwide well being sector.

Investment In Primary Health Care Is The Need Of The Hour

The world spends $7.5 trillion on well being yearly, nearly 10% of world GDP, Tedros stated, however most of that money is spent in wealthy international locations on treating illness somewhat than on “promoting and protecting health.” “We need a radical rethink on the way we view and value health,” he stated.

“If the world is to avoid another crisis on this scale,” Tedros stated, “investments in basic public health functions, especially primary health care, are essential, and all roads should lead to universal health coverage with a strong foundation of primary health care.”

(With inputs from Agencies)

Published : December 5, 2020 10:05 am


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