According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Director, Tedros Ghebreyesus, “it took three weeks, at the beginning of the pandemic, to reach the first million infected, but now there have been over a million infected in just a week “.
Speaking at a seminar organized by the African Union and the WHO about importnciavaccine in Africa, Tedros Ghebreyesus stressed the need to continue pandemic containment rules and stressed that, on this continent, 22 million items personal use and protection.
“Tomorrow [quinta-feira] the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo will announce the end of the Ebola in the east of the country, after two years of fighting that resulted in almost 3,500 cases, 2,300 dead and 1,000 survivors “, said Ghebreyesus, pointing out that lessons have to be learned.
“Many of the measures against Ebola are essential to combat covid-19 “, he pointed out, listing The screening of cases, isolation, testing and mapping contacts.
“However, we do not have a vaccine yet, and this makes all the difference,” said the official, stressing the importance ofncia countries on the African continent prepare for the moment when a vaccine is discovered.
Ghebreyesus argued that “the world needs unprecedented global collaboration, a actiontoday it means more lives saved and the economy recovering faster “, adding that of the 220 vaccines under development,” it is certain that the majority will fail “.
The most promising ones, he promised, will receive the necessary funding, but the main challenge is to ensure that there are few delays between production and distribution.
“When the vaccine becomes available, the criterion has to be those who need it most and health professionals, these are two of the highest priorities”, argued the director-general of WHO.
“The need will supplant the production capacity and must be above the capacity to pay; there must be principles of allocation fair, with global solidarity, commitment and participation from all countries, at a time when national interests will have to bow to the global need “, he concluded.
The pandemic of covid-19 has already caused more than 472 thousand deaths and infectedmore than 9.1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December, in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.