We cannot accept 50,000 deaths a week from COVID-19 as an allowable number

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WHO Covid-19 News Update – The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that if something asks the heads of state and government who will participate next week in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, it is “genuine solidarity and sufficient resources ”To overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press conference, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that these are the two essential conditions for the world to recover from a health emergency.

“One of the great problems that we see in the world now is the lack of global solidarity. The biggest players are not working together and they should. If they really want to show their commitment to defeating this pandemic, they have to do so through genuine solidarity. That is first. And secondly, they would have to allocate the resources we need to defeat the virus, hoping to have a vaccine, “said Tedros.

He explained that in the case of the countries that require support, these resources come from official development assistance, but that at this time this assistance is too small to cover the needs.

The head of the WHO recalled that 35,000 million dollars are needed for the ACT Accelerator and that these cannot come from official development assistance.

In this sense, he called on the countries to use alternative financing mechanisms.

“We need two commitments from governments or leaders: one is genuine solidarity and the other is resources to cover the cost of vaccines, treatment and diagnosis. We have other needs, but I focus on these because if we achieve them, the others will be easier to achieve ”, he insisted.

Tedros advocated turning next week’s debate into a leadership platform for collective work on behalf of people around the world.

Patients with COVID-19 rest in chairs in the corridors of the Severo Ochoa hospital in Madrid.

So many deaths are not acceptable

Dr. Mike Ryan, Head of the WHO Emergency Program, highlighted the decline in the proportion of deaths from COVID-19 globally as treatment is improved and people are more alert to be treated soon, in addition to being more testing and milder cases are reported as the disease has now spread to younger groups.

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“However, we cannot accept 50,000 deaths a week as an allowable or okay number… this pandemic has a long way to go, it is not going away anytime soon. There is a lot of work to do to prevent contagion from accelerating, ”Ryan emphasized.

 He reiterated that the pandemic “has a long way to go in our society. It is not exhausted, it is not going away. Especially in countries entering the winter season, where people are going to be indoors longer, there is much work to be done to prevent events that amplify contagion, reduce transmission, protect the opening of schools, and the most vulnerable from become seriously ill or die ”.

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In the same time, Maria Van Kerkhove referred to the almost 30 million cases and a million deaths that are about to accumulate in the world and exhorted countries and the population to make use of the tools they have – such as basic hygiene measures and physical distance, testing and isolation, and case tracking – to break the chains of transmission and save lives.

“We are in a better place than in the first months, we know much more now about this virus,” he said.

Disaggregated Data for Reactivation

On the other hand, Van Kerkhove, technical director of the response to the coronavirus, asserted that in order to recover the suspended activities, societies and governments should not focus only on the number of cases, but must disaggregate and analyze the data.

“We must be aware of hospitalizations, the number of beds occupied, the occupation in intensive care units, the number of people on oxygen or respirators. These are parameters that we must monitor to establish the severity of the pandemic in a country, province, state or district to see the impact of COVID-19, but also of other diseases, “she said.

She added that to make decisions, local authorities must continuously analyze all indicators.

Flu shot

Van Kerkhove also urged people in the Northern Hemisphere to get a flu shot for the upcoming winter season.

The expert warned that the circulation of other respiratory pathogens will complicate the response to COVID-19 and the testing system because it will be necessary to test for other diseases.

“The good news is that we have a flu vaccine. We emphasize the use of the influence vaccine in the hemisphere. Please, we hope there is a good use of the flu vaccine, “she said.

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