WHO chief Tedros says pandemic will end only when people want it

WHO chief Tedros says pandemic will end only when people want it
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The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over; the world needs to use public health tools effectively to tackle it.

The world health body Tedros also urged G20 countries to actively engage in the Covax mechanism and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

Covax and ACT aim to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines for every country in the world.

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“The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It is in our hands. We have all the tools we need: effective public health tools and effective medical tools. But the world has not used those tools well. With almost 50,000 deaths a week, the pandemic is far from over,” Tedros said in his address to the World Health Summit in Berlin on Sunday, said ANI.

His appeal comes after the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres also called on the G20 countries to help collect $8 billion to ensure a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

As per the data published by the Worldmeters website Monday, as many as 244,427,410 Covid-19 cases have been registered across the world so far.

It shows that at least 4,963,752 people lost their lives to the pandemic and the number of recoveries stands at 221,451,949.

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