Compared to the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the second may be more deadly, according to the World Health Organization. WHO Director General Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus spoke about this at a briefing in Geneva on Friday.
Calling on the world community not to relax, the head of WHO noted:
COVID-19 has already caused more than 3.3 million deaths, and we are on track for the second year of this pandemic to be more deadly than the first.
Ghebreyesus called on all states to take all possible measures to combat the pandemic, and with large volumes of vaccines – to share them with countries in need through COVAX. He called this mechanism the most effective, providing a “fast track to equitable vaccination.”
COVAX is an international vehicle launched by the World Health Organization in partnership with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness. COVAX purchases drugs and participates in the creation of facilities for their production. Under the terms of an effective program, rich countries pay for vaccines for poor countries that do not have the funds to purchase essential drugs. The ambitious plans call for the production and equitable distribution of 2 billion vaccines by the end of this year.