The top official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that if they did not receive vaccines, low and middle income countries would continue to suffer from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke on the 4th. TRT World Forum 2020, taking place online this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in a session on shared solutions to global health problems amid the pandemic.
Ghebreyesus said the virus outbreak had profoundly affected the political, economic and social foundations of the global fabric, and the fight against the virus and efforts to find a vaccine was one of the top agenda items in the world along with sustainability become international health systems.
The WHO official went on to say that fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is important and that access to vaccines is part of the national interests of countries. He added that if they didn’t have access to a vaccine, more people in low- and middle-income countries could be infected and die from the virus.
Stressing that countries should not compete for vaccines, he added that pursuing a nationalist agenda would weaken the fight against the outbreak.
Also at the virtual event, Dr. . Mehmet Oz said the corona-type virus created a difficult period for health professionals and the U.S. public failed to grasp the severity of the outbreak, resulting in a serious surge in the number of cases.
Oz said travel was one of the main reasons the outbreak escalated and that easing tough measures hastened its spread, citing school reopenings in some U.S. states as a cause of increasing infections among children.
In vaccination efforts, Dr. . Oz said some « promising » vaccines were being developed in Russia, China, the UK and the US and that these would offer 90% efficiency and herd immunity, but no one was safe without eradicating the virus threat completely.
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