World Health Organization (WHO) gave the latest statement regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. WHO Secretary General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the corona won and the world is in danger.
This statement refers to the Delta corona variant and the uneven condition of the Covid-19 vaccination globally. The vaccine is said to be inferior to the variant that was first detected in India, where Delta spread massively, while vaccinations were not evenly distributed.
“The corona variant is currently winning the race against vaccines because of the uneven production and distribution of vaccines,” emphasized the man from Ethiopia, quoted from the WHO release, Saturday (10/7/2021).
The Delta or B1617.2 variant was first discovered in India and is the cause of the explosion of cases in this Bollywood country. The transmission rate for the delta variant is higher than the original variant of the Corona virus from Wuhan. China.
According to WHO, currently a number of countries plan to release booster injections (boosters) in the next few months. But on the other hand, a number of countries with vaccine spillovers are also easing policies and starting to relax as if the pandemic is over.
Whereas in other parts of the world, many countries are experiencing a spike in cases and hospitalizations. This also has an impact on the lack of oxygen and treatment and encourages the number of deaths, both in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“Vaccine nationalism, when a few countries have taken the lion’s share, is morally untenable. It is an ineffective public health strategy. Against this respiratory virus that is rapidly mutating and increasingly effectively passing from human to human,” he explained.
Therefore, he called on the G20 countries and other leaders to collectively support the global vaccine distribution target. The reason is that it is the fastest way to end the acute stage of the pandemic. Saving lives and livelihoods and driving a true global economic recovery.
In fact, this is not the first time Tedros has touched on the injustice of vaccines. Last week, he even called the world headed for failure. “The world is failing,” he said. “We are facing a two-track pandemic, driven by injustice.”
According to him, developed and rich countries have a monopoly on vaccines. The aggressiveness of rich countries to cut production lines. Has made many countries wait for a dose of the corona vaccine even for the first dose.
Vaccine distribution facilities initiated by WHO for developing and poor countries, for example. COVAX, have experienced difficulties in sending supplies in this month. So far, 89 million doses have been delivered to 133 participating countries and territories.
Vaccines led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, World Health Organization, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and others. According to an AFP tally, high-income countries as defined by the World Bank have administered an average of 79 doses per 100 residents.
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