WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus said 2021 will be “much more deadly” in terms of the epidemic than in 2020.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said 2021 will be “much more deadly” due to covid-19 disease due to the coronavirus, which emerged in China in late 2019 and has spread all over the world in 2020 and has become an epidemic.
“We believe that the second year of this outbreak will be much deadlier than the first,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. According to the most up-to-date who’s data, more than 3,339,000 people worldwide have died due to Covid-19.
Ghebreyesus said the second wave of the outbreak in India was “seriously worrying,” adding that “unsettlingly new cases, hospitalizations and deaths” had been recorded in many Indian states. Ghebreyesus said they sent oxygen tanks, tents, masks, and medical equipment for field hospitals to India.
According to WHO data, the number of people infected with Covid-19 in India has exceeded 24 million so far, while at least 262,000 people have died from the disease. According to Friday’s data, more than 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The death toll in India has been over 4,000 for the past three days in a row.
Ghebreyesus added that the emergency does not apply only to India, adding that countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Egypt are also struggling with high cases and hospitalizations. The WHO Director-General also said cases were high in the continental United States, noting that 40 percent of coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in North, Central, and South America in the past week.
WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus also called on countries planning to vaccinate children to donate vaccines to children under the COVAX program. “I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I want them to rethink it and donate the vaccines to COVAX instead,” Ghebreyesus said at an online meeting.
The WHO is demanding that other countries follow France and Sweden’s example. France and Sweden donated vaccines to the COVAX program after vaccinating their priority population. The United States and Canada are among the countries that have been allowed to vaccinate adolescents in recent weeks.
The COVAX program, a joint initiative of who and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunity (Gavi), aims to ensure that all countries have fair access to the Covid-19 vaccine. The COVAX program, which has so far provided 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to countries in need, is struggling to meet the need for vaccines, especially in poor countries, due to the new wave in India, which the country does not allow the export of AstraZeneca vaccines.
According to WHO data, 1 billion 26 million doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide so far.