GENEVA | Humanity is not losing the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and will ultimately win it, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
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At a time when the daily number of deaths exceeds 18,000 for the first time and when new variants of the coronavirus are spreading rapidly across the planet, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical officer in the fight against COVID- 19, felt that these mutations did not mean defeat.
“Does this mean that we are losing the war? No, ”she said live on social media. “We are fighting the fight of our life. We have to make sure that we are not fighting each other, that we are fighting the virus (…) including the variants ”.
“We can beat the virus – and we will beat the virus,” she added.
In the global rush for vaccine doses, richer countries continue to immunize older people and health workers, while poorer countries are still waiting to receive their first batches of vaccine.
Michael Ryan, the director of emergency operations at the WHO, found it unacceptable for rich countries to start immunizing their general population while healthcare workers and vulnerable people would remain at risk in other countries.
“We simply cannot find ourselves in a situation where those on the front lines, the health workers who risk their lives on the front lines and the most vulnerable people do not have access to the vaccine,” he said. -he says.
“If we come to a situation in the developed world where perfectly healthy people are vaccinated and frontline workers and vulnerable people are not, it just isn’t fair,” Ryan said. “Let’s share this now, to make sure that the most exposed (…) the bravest among us all are covered and protected, as well as those who are most likely to suffer and die.”
“And by doing that, we’ll end the problem faster. So it’s not only good, it’s also smart, ”he concluded.