The WHO’s Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says there should be a global shift to see healthcare and healthcare facilities as an investment instead of as a cost.
He says proper investment in healthcare systems would lead to a more focused and resilient response to fight future disease outbreaks.
Ghebreyesus says the focus should be placed on using healthcare systems to promote health and well-being, instead of only treating diseases.
Watch Ghebreyesus’ full address here.
- WHO warns that the gradual destruction of the natural environment would lead to an increase in communicable diseases.
- 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.
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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 1, 2022
The Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator initiative needs another US$ 23-billion to facilitate the global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.
According to the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus there is a gap of US$ 16-billion that needs to be urgently filled to address the threat of Omicron and to slow down the emergence of new variants.
Ghebreyesus urged higher-income countries to do their part to fund this urgent shortfall.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says almost 2 years, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Africans have still not had access to at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Ramaphosa reiterated calls by Tedros Ghebreyesus that first-World nations should do more to address the global vaccine inequity.
He says although the ACT-A initiative has made a lot of progress, it will take a lot more to defeat the global pandemic.
Watch the full briefing here.
- Country’s response to Covid-19 pandemic influenced by high levels of immunity seen in the population.
- Stealth Omicron – the new mutant strain of Covid-19 – not yet of any concern.
- Valuable lessons learned during Covid-19 pandemic to better fight HIV and Aids.
The new @ACTAccelerator Financing Framework requires $23 billion to save lives, address the threat of Omicron & slow down new variants from emerging. There is an urgent gap of $16 billion for the ACT-A itself. We call on all higher-income countries to #ACTogether. pic.twitter.com/CpKKEr13Dx
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2022
The World Health Organization says it hopes to, by February of next year, deliver at least 30% of the required doses of covid-19 vaccines to the African continent.
WHO director general, Tedros Ghebreyesus says the initial aim was to vaccinate at least 60% of the continent’s population by the end of this year.
Ghebreyesus says the big difference in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries can be bridged.
Follow the WHO’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.
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- Promises to deliver at least 50% of the required doses of covid-19 – needed to vaccinate 60% of the African population – as soon as possible.
- Discussions on introduction of vaccination passport ongoing.
- The country has moved to Adjusted Alert Level 2 of the lockdown regulations.
Honoured to host a meeting of leaders to discuss the urgent need to scale up #VaccinEquity in Africa & 🌎 where people at risk still await 1st & 2nd doses. Thanks Strive Masiyiwa, @Jnkengasong, @SongweVera, Benedict Oramah, @GaviSeth, @MoetiTshidi, @CEPIvaccines’ Richard Hatchett pic.twitter.com/LNIzHuCZ8j
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 14, 2021