With the northern hemisphere influenza season approaching and cases increasing in many countries, the full potential of the ACT Accelerator must be realised.
GENEVA, Oct 6 (BNC Network) In a significant move, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said finger-pointing will not prevent a single infection of COVID-19.
At the same time, WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “Apportioning blame will not save a single life.”
Addressing the fifth special session of the WHO Executive Board, he said he will never get tired of calling for global solidarity to fight the novel corona virus
“History will not judge us kindly if it records that trillions of dollars were poured into domestic stimulus packages, but the international community could not find the funds to ensure equitable access for all people,” Dr Tedors said.
“This is not charity,” he said and pointed out; “It’s the fastest way to end the pandemic and catalyze the global economic recovery.”
He called upon the member nations to continue to make the most of the tools we have: hand hygiene, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, masks, ventilation, surveillance, isolation, compassionate care, contact tracing and quarantine.
India is the Chairs the Executive Board and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urged WHO members to work with the global community of partners for the efficient, effective and responsive discharge of public health obligations.“All these challenges, such as the present pandemic, demand a shared response because these are the shared threats requiring shared responsibility to act. The shared responsibility is also the core philosophy of our alliance of member nations that comprise WHO.”
Dr Tedros said with the northern hemisphere influenza season approaching and cases increasing in many countries, the full potential of the ACT Accelerator must be realised.
Currently, the financing gap for the ACT Accelerator stands at 34 billion dollars, with 14 billion dollars needed now to maintain momentum.
He said it was incredible to think that when this Board met in February, there were just 151 cases and 1 death outside China of what we now call COVID-19. Today, almost 35 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than one million people are reported to have lost their lives. The real number is certainly higher.
Although all countries have been affected by this virus, we must remember that this is an uneven pandemic.