Although the path ahead remains treacherous, we can begin to glimpse the end of the pandemic, Dr Tedors said.
NEW YORK, Dec 5 (BNC Network) - With the good news on COVID vaccine front, WHO Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared “we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel”.
“Although the path ahead remains treacherous, we can begin to glimpse the end of the pandemic,” Dr Tedors said addressing the UN General Assembly’s special session yesterday.
He said he was pleased to see that the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency gave an emergency authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for rollout.
“With vaccines now being introduced, it’s really important that they are distributed equitably around the world,” Dr Tedors amply made it clear that “we simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines.”
This is a global crisis, he pointed out and said “the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods, not as private commodities that widen inequalities and become yet another reason some people are left behind.”
“No one should be left behind. This is true between countries, and within countries,” Dr Tedros said.
However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the pandemic is over, Dr Tedros said.
The pandemic still has a long a way to run and decisions made by leaders and citizens in the coming days will determine both the course of the virus in the short term and when this pandemic will ultimately end.