However, CEO Tedros Adhanom acknowledged that despite the significant drop in death rates, the death rate is still “unacceptably high, nearly 50,000 per week.
Mexico City (apro).- The Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated Wednesday that covid-19 has caused the lowest number of deaths in almost a year.
However, an expert who was assessing the current pandemic state admitted that the death rate, despite a significant decline, is still nearly 50,000 per week. The true number is certainly higher.
According to the United Nations agency data, the death toll has been declining in all regions but Europe. A number of European countries are experiencing a surge in cases and deaths.
Additionally, mortality rates are higher in countries or populations that have less access to vaccines.
Dr. Tedros, in the context of uneven vaccine distribution, reminded that 56 countries were excluded from the global vaccine market and could not reach the goal to immunize 10% of the population by September. The majority of these countries are in Africa.
By the end of this year, more countries may not reach the 40% target, and three countries have not yet started vaccination: Burundi, Eritrea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
According to WHO, half of the countries that remain are limited by vaccine supply are because they have not yet developed vaccine plans and lack the vaccines necessary to achieve their goals.
“We once again require countries and companies that control the global vaccine supply to provide COVAX and AVAT as priority now,” Tedros said.
A third group of countries that have limited capacity are those with fragile, conflictual or violent governments.
Tan Desai assured them that WHO is cooperating to these countries in order to increase the technical and logistical capability for vaccine deployment on the ground.
40% of six US countries’ population cannot be vaccinated
Director Carissa Etienne, Pan American Health Organization, (PAHO), stated that the coronavirus vaccination rate has reached 39% in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He described 26 countries and regions in America that have had 40 percent or more of their population immunized as “encouraging”. However, this does not occur in all areas and coverage rates are very high in some places. There are fewer.
To reach the 40% vaccine target, special attention must be paid to countries that are behind. Etienne gave the following names to Jamaica Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Saint Lucia), Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti in the Caribbean and Guatemala and Nicaragua in Central America.
Politics and civic leadership
Adhanom Gebreyesus stated that in order for the country to attain the goal of having at least 40% of its population vaccinated by the end, it would require a “whole government” approach and a “whole society approach.” It all depends on the leadership of civil society and politics.