Wealthy countries are rushing to book upcoming coronavirus vaccines leaving poor countries in the cold.
Just $3 billion has been contributed so far for the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator programme which was launched in April and is aimed at pooling international resources to combat the pandemic. UN says $35 billion more needed.
The COVAX facility will not only pool risk for countries developing and buying vaccines, but also ensure prices are kept "as low as possible," WHO chief Tedros says.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says current advances in technology can help the world overcome Covid-19 in a shorter period of time.
The international effort for developing a vaccine to treat Covid-19 patients is “unprecedented” but "there’s no silver bullet at the moment - and there might never be," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned.
While acknowledging the difficult task set out for governments, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said too many countries are headed in the wrong direction with the pandemic.
"Many countries are now experiencing difficulties obtaining oxygen concentrators," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
Covid-19 has now killed over 458,000 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last year, according to tracking websites. Here are the developments for June 19:
WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some countries that thought they had the new coronavirus under control were witnessing a resurgence in cases, while there were troubling upward trends in Africa and the Americas.
Defending itself against accusations made by US President Donald Trump, the World Health Organization says it has hidden nothing from Washington about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls Turkey’s aid shipments to other countries "exemplary."
The World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that all countries should make containing the outbreak of Covid-19 their top priority.
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