The World Health Assembly has kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland.
The WHO says: “The theme of this year’s Health Assembly is: Health for peace, peace for health. The COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies with international reach have highlighted the leadership and coordinating role of WHO in responding to such events. Strengthening preparedness for and response to health emergencies are a key theme of the Health Assembly.”
The group advises that: “The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.”
In his opening address WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus told delegates that the world is still grappling with Covid-19. He said: “More than two years into the most severe health crisis in a century, where do we stand? More than 6 million COVID-19 deaths have been reported to WHO. But as you know, our new estimates of excess mortality are much higher – almost 15 million deaths. Reported cases have declined significantly from the peak of the Omicron wave in January of this year. And reported deaths are at their lowest since March 2020. In many countries, all restrictions have been lifted, and life looks much like it did before the pandemic. So is it over? No, it’s most certainly not over.”
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 22, 2022
Ghebreyesus added: “Only 57 countries have vaccinated 70% of their population – almost all of them high-income countries. We must continue to support all countries to reach 70% vaccination coverage as soon as possible, including 100% of those aged over 60; 100% of health workers; and 100% of those with underlying conditions.”
The World Health Assembly ends on 28 May 2022.
The World Health Organization warns that the gradual destruction of the natural environment would lead to an increase in communicable diseases in the global population.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says early surveillance of these diseases would ensure a proper and collective response during future pandemic outbreaks.
He says an estimated 75% of emerging diseases enter the human population from animal populations.
Watch Ghebreyesus’full lecture here.
- Environmental degradation increases global and local economic risks.
- WHO not seeing a lot of cases of people getting reinfected with the new mutation of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
- WHO to continue working to boost the availability of vaccines.
LIVE: @DrTedros' Guest Lecture @Cambridge_Uni on Global Pandemic Response, Public Health and Sustainability, as part of Vice-Chancellor Lectures on Globalization, Sustainability, and the Power of Ideas https://t.co/L8vuLLv65Y
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 1, 2022
The Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla says the country has, to date, administered more than 30.3-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to residents.
Phaahla met with the head of the WHO, dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
Ghebreyesus was here in the Mother City and visited the Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines facility in Montague Gardens.
Phaahla says the country has made a lot of progress over the last few months to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to residents.
The minister says one of the biggest challenges now is to get young people vaccinated.
Access the full briefing here.
- Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator initiative needs US$ 23-billion to facilitate global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.
- NICD: Increase in Covid-19 infections at schools expected.
- Country’s response to Covid-19 pandemic influenced by high levels of immunity seen in the population.
The tour with WHO 's Dr Tedro's proceeds to the vaccination site at Pepkor Campus led by Director General of the Department of Health,Dr Sandile Buthelezi pic.twitter.com/t4gUz5Ey3R
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) February 12, 2022
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Belgium’s Minister of Development Cooperation, Ms Meryame Kitir are here in SA on a high-level visit inbCape Town. They will visit the mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub and other #COVID19 facilities pic.twitter.com/zXA9ZqARNw
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) February 11, 2022
The Head of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says South Africa’s mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in Montagu Gardens is a game-changer in combatting many diseases, not just Covid-19.
Ghebreyesus was in Cape Town on 11 February and visited the Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines facility as well as the Biomedical Research Institute based at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg Medical Campus, and Biovac.
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with Ghebreyesus in Cape Town today and they discussed the progress in making Africa self-sufficient in the production of COVID-19 vaccines and related treatments.
Ghebreyesus and the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir are on a two-day visit to various vaccine-related sites around Cape Town.
President Ramaphosa has welcomed this oversight visit by the World Health Organisation as an opportunity to profile the depth of intellectual and technological capacity on the African continent, and the integrity with which intellectual property is being leveraged to enable vaccine production in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says reaching a global vaccination equity target of 40% needs a whole of government & society approach.
WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says a more aggressive approach is needed to ensure that globally, more people get immediate access to a Covid-19 vaccine.
He says like any other natural disaster the Covid-19 pandemic should also be treated with urgency.
Read more here.
- Everything you need to know about 12-17 year olds getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Matriculants, over the age of 18, encouraged to get their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
- Vaccinated people four times less likely to die from Covid-19 complications.
#VaccinEquity has been undermined by a failure of manufacturers to share licenses, know-how and technology. It’s no wonder the temporary waiver on intellectual property for #COVID19 is backed by the majority of countries. Enough talking, the upcoming @g20org must be about action.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 13, 2021
Reaching 40% #VaccinEquity target needs a whole of government & society approach, with political & civil society leadership. With aggressive action, most of countries can still reach the target. But it takes 🌍 cooperation. Supply is finite. In the end, this is a zero-sum game. https://t.co/BAdWzl5zlZ
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 13, 2021