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  •   By Franca Ofili The World Health Organization WHO and its partners have issued an urgent call for concrete action to better protect healthcare workers around the world from COVID 19 and other health problems The global body s chief executive Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus made the appeal Thursday at the COVID 19 virtual press conference with a focus on healthcare workers and vaccine equity Ghebreyesus said the WHO and its partners are concerned that large numbers of healthcare workers have died from COVID 19 and that a growing proportion of the workforce is suffering from burnout stress anxiety and fatigue He urged member state governments and stakeholders to strengthen surveillance and reporting of COVID 19 infections health issues and deaths among healthcare workers He said that we have been asking for more than a year and a half for systematic collection of standardized data We know that many nurses have been infected and many have died They work long hours work without breaks and they have been called upon to work without protective equipment or support WHO and its partners are advocating for the inclusion of disaggregation by age sex and occupation as a standard procedure to enable policymakers and scientists to identify and implement mitigation actions that will further reduce the risk of infections and health problems He urged political leaders and policymakers to do everything in their power to make regulatory policy and investment decisions that ensure the protection of healthcare workers He called on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that healthcare workers are given priority in the use of COVID 19 vaccines Jim Campbell Director of the WHO Health Workforce Department said We have a moral obligation to protect health care workers guarantee their rights and provide them with decent work in a safe practice environment and conducive This must include access to vaccines Catherine Duggan Executive Director of the International Pharmaceutical Federation said we cannot afford to lose more healthcare workers to the pandemic we need long term sustainable investments in the health workforce Duggan said WHO is currently leading efforts to develop a global agreement on healthcare workers based on existing legal instruments conventions and resolutions According to him the pact aims to provide member states stakeholders and institutions with comprehensive guidance on existing obligations to protect healthcare workers and safeguard their rights He said the pact would also promote and guarantee decent work free from discrimination based on sex race and any other form of discrimination The guidance will be presented to the 75th World Health Assembly in May 2022 Source NAN
    WHO, partners call for action to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19
      By Franca Ofili The World Health Organization WHO and its partners have issued an urgent call for concrete action to better protect healthcare workers around the world from COVID 19 and other health problems The global body s chief executive Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus made the appeal Thursday at the COVID 19 virtual press conference with a focus on healthcare workers and vaccine equity Ghebreyesus said the WHO and its partners are concerned that large numbers of healthcare workers have died from COVID 19 and that a growing proportion of the workforce is suffering from burnout stress anxiety and fatigue He urged member state governments and stakeholders to strengthen surveillance and reporting of COVID 19 infections health issues and deaths among healthcare workers He said that we have been asking for more than a year and a half for systematic collection of standardized data We know that many nurses have been infected and many have died They work long hours work without breaks and they have been called upon to work without protective equipment or support WHO and its partners are advocating for the inclusion of disaggregation by age sex and occupation as a standard procedure to enable policymakers and scientists to identify and implement mitigation actions that will further reduce the risk of infections and health problems He urged political leaders and policymakers to do everything in their power to make regulatory policy and investment decisions that ensure the protection of healthcare workers He called on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that healthcare workers are given priority in the use of COVID 19 vaccines Jim Campbell Director of the WHO Health Workforce Department said We have a moral obligation to protect health care workers guarantee their rights and provide them with decent work in a safe practice environment and conducive This must include access to vaccines Catherine Duggan Executive Director of the International Pharmaceutical Federation said we cannot afford to lose more healthcare workers to the pandemic we need long term sustainable investments in the health workforce Duggan said WHO is currently leading efforts to develop a global agreement on healthcare workers based on existing legal instruments conventions and resolutions According to him the pact aims to provide member states stakeholders and institutions with comprehensive guidance on existing obligations to protect healthcare workers and safeguard their rights He said the pact would also promote and guarantee decent work free from discrimination based on sex race and any other form of discrimination The guidance will be presented to the 75th World Health Assembly in May 2022 Source NAN
    WHO, partners call for action to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19
    General news1 year ago

    WHO, partners call for action to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19

    By Franca Ofili

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have issued an urgent call for concrete action to better protect healthcare workers around the world from COVID-19 and other health problems.

    The global body's chief executive, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the appeal Thursday at the COVID-19 virtual press conference, with a focus on healthcare workers and vaccine equity.

    Ghebreyesus said the WHO and its partners are concerned that large numbers of healthcare workers have died from COVID-19 and that a growing proportion of the workforce is suffering from burnout, stress, anxiety and fatigue.

    He urged member state governments and stakeholders to strengthen surveillance and reporting of COVID-19 infections, health issues and deaths among healthcare workers.

    He said that “we have been asking for more than a year and a half for systematic collection of standardized data.

    “We know that many nurses have been infected and many have died. They work long hours, work without breaks, and they have been called upon to work without protective equipment or support.

    “WHO and its partners are advocating for the inclusion of disaggregation by age, sex and occupation as a standard procedure, to enable policymakers and scientists to identify and implement mitigation actions that will further reduce the risk of infections and health problems. "

    He urged political leaders and policymakers to do everything in their power to make regulatory, policy and investment decisions that ensure the protection of healthcare workers.

    He called on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that healthcare workers are given priority in the use of COVID-19 vaccines.

    Jim Campbell, Director of the WHO Health Workforce Department, said: “We have a moral obligation to protect health care workers, guarantee their rights and provide them with decent work in a safe practice environment. and conducive.

    "This must include access to vaccines."

    Catherine Duggan, Executive Director of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, said “we cannot afford to lose more healthcare workers to the pandemic; we need long-term sustainable investments in the health workforce.

    Duggan said WHO is currently leading efforts to develop a global agreement on healthcare workers, based on existing legal instruments, conventions and resolutions.

    According to him, the pact aims to provide member states, stakeholders and institutions with comprehensive guidance on existing obligations to protect healthcare workers and safeguard their rights.

    He said the pact would also promote and guarantee decent work, free from discrimination based on sex, race and any other form of discrimination.

    The guidance will be presented to the 75th World Health Assembly in May 2022.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO says between 80 000 and 180 000 health and care workers may have died from the coronavirus COVID 19 worldwide between January 2020 and May 2021 The WHO gave the estimate in a new working paper The impact of COVID 19 on health and care workers a closer look at deaths based on the 3 45 million related deaths coronavirus reported worldwide According to the WHO this figure may well be at least 60 lower than the actual number of victims To underscore the need for better protection the WHO was joined on Thursday by global partners working to end the pandemic to issue an urgent call for concrete action on behalf of workers in the sector Speaking to reporters in Geneva WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reaffirmed that the backbone of any health system is its people COVID 19 is a powerful demonstration of how much we rely on these men and women and how vulnerable we are all when the people who protect our health are themselves unprotected he said WHO and partners have said that aside from huge concern over the deaths a growing proportion of the workforce continues to suffer from burnout stress anxiety and fatigue They call on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that health and care workers come first By the end of September on average two in five of these workers are fully vaccinated but with considerable differences by region In Africa less than one in ten health workers has been fully immunized while in most high income countries more than 80 of health workers are fully immunized said the WHO chief For him more than 10 months after the approval of the first vaccines the fact that millions of health workers have still not been vaccinated is an indictment against the countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines In 10 days the leaders of the main industrialized countries of the G20 will meet By then around 500 million doses of vaccine will be produced This is the number needed to reach the goal of immunizing 40 of the population of each country by the end of 2021 Currently 82 countries are at risk of missing this target For about 75 of these countries this is a problem of insufficient supply The others have limitations that WHO helps to resolve Speaking to reporters via video link Gordon Brown former British Prime Minister and currently WHO Ambassador for Global Health said it would be a moral catastrophe of historic proportions if G20 countries could not act quickly These countries have pledged to donate more than 1 2 billion doses of vaccine to COVAX According to the WHO so far only 150 million have been delivered As rich countries stockpile millions of unused doses about to expire Brown said they should begin an immediate massive and concerted airlift of vaccines to low income countries If they don t Brown argued they would be guilty of an economic dereliction of duty that will make us all to shame Brown also warned that the more vaccine inequity exists the more the virus will be present Annette Kennedy president of the International Council of Nurses ICN and Heidi Stensmyren president of the World Medical Association WMA also spoke to reporters during the WHO weekly briefing on COVID 19 Source NAN
    180,000 health workers died from COVID-19 – WHO
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO says between 80 000 and 180 000 health and care workers may have died from the coronavirus COVID 19 worldwide between January 2020 and May 2021 The WHO gave the estimate in a new working paper The impact of COVID 19 on health and care workers a closer look at deaths based on the 3 45 million related deaths coronavirus reported worldwide According to the WHO this figure may well be at least 60 lower than the actual number of victims To underscore the need for better protection the WHO was joined on Thursday by global partners working to end the pandemic to issue an urgent call for concrete action on behalf of workers in the sector Speaking to reporters in Geneva WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reaffirmed that the backbone of any health system is its people COVID 19 is a powerful demonstration of how much we rely on these men and women and how vulnerable we are all when the people who protect our health are themselves unprotected he said WHO and partners have said that aside from huge concern over the deaths a growing proportion of the workforce continues to suffer from burnout stress anxiety and fatigue They call on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that health and care workers come first By the end of September on average two in five of these workers are fully vaccinated but with considerable differences by region In Africa less than one in ten health workers has been fully immunized while in most high income countries more than 80 of health workers are fully immunized said the WHO chief For him more than 10 months after the approval of the first vaccines the fact that millions of health workers have still not been vaccinated is an indictment against the countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines In 10 days the leaders of the main industrialized countries of the G20 will meet By then around 500 million doses of vaccine will be produced This is the number needed to reach the goal of immunizing 40 of the population of each country by the end of 2021 Currently 82 countries are at risk of missing this target For about 75 of these countries this is a problem of insufficient supply The others have limitations that WHO helps to resolve Speaking to reporters via video link Gordon Brown former British Prime Minister and currently WHO Ambassador for Global Health said it would be a moral catastrophe of historic proportions if G20 countries could not act quickly These countries have pledged to donate more than 1 2 billion doses of vaccine to COVAX According to the WHO so far only 150 million have been delivered As rich countries stockpile millions of unused doses about to expire Brown said they should begin an immediate massive and concerted airlift of vaccines to low income countries If they don t Brown argued they would be guilty of an economic dereliction of duty that will make us all to shame Brown also warned that the more vaccine inequity exists the more the virus will be present Annette Kennedy president of the International Council of Nurses ICN and Heidi Stensmyren president of the World Medical Association WMA also spoke to reporters during the WHO weekly briefing on COVID 19 Source NAN
    180,000 health workers died from COVID-19 – WHO
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    180,000 health workers died from COVID-19 – WHO

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says between 80,000 and 180,000 health and care workers may have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide between January 2020 and May 2021.

    The WHO gave the estimate in a new working paper: "The impact of COVID-19 on health and care workers: a closer look at deaths" based on the 3.45 million related deaths coronavirus reported worldwide.

    According to the WHO, this figure may well be at least 60% lower than the actual number of victims.

    To underscore the need for better protection, the WHO was joined on Thursday by global partners working to end the pandemic, to issue an urgent call for concrete action on behalf of workers in the sector.

    Speaking to reporters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reaffirmed that “the backbone of any health system is its people.

    “COVID-19 is a powerful demonstration of how much we rely on these men and women, and how vulnerable we are all when the people who protect our health are themselves unprotected,” he said.

    WHO and partners have said that aside from huge concern over the deaths, a growing proportion of the workforce continues to suffer from burnout, stress, anxiety and fatigue.

    They call on leaders and policymakers to ensure equitable access to vaccines so that health and care workers come first.

    By the end of September, on average, two in five of these workers are fully vaccinated, but with considerable differences by region.

    “In Africa, less than one in ten health workers has been fully immunized while in most high-income countries more than 80% of health workers are fully immunized,” said the WHO chief.

    For him, more than 10 months after the approval of the first vaccines, "the fact that millions of health workers have still not been vaccinated is an indictment against the countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines. ".

    In 10 days, the leaders of the main industrialized countries of the G20 will meet. By then, around 500 million doses of vaccine will be produced.

    This is the number needed to reach the goal of immunizing 40% of the population of each country by the end of 2021.

    Currently, 82 countries are at risk of missing this target. For about 75% of these countries, this is a problem of insufficient supply. The others have limitations that WHO helps to resolve.

    Speaking to reporters via video link, Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and currently WHO Ambassador for Global Health, said it would be a "moral catastrophe of historic proportions" if G20 countries could not act quickly.

    These countries have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion doses of vaccine to COVAX. According to the WHO, so far only 150 million have been delivered.

    As rich countries stockpile millions of unused doses, about to expire, Brown said they should begin an “immediate, massive and concerted airlift” of vaccines to low-income countries.

    If they don't, Brown argued, they would be guilty of an "economic dereliction of duty that will make us all to shame."

    Brown also warned that "the more vaccine inequity exists, the more the virus will be present."

    Annette Kennedy, president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Heidi Stensmyren, president of the World Medical Association (WMA), also spoke to reporters during the WHO weekly briefing on COVID-19.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens including SARS CoV 2 the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 Proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens SAGOs were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology animal health clinical medicine virology and genomics WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus announced this during his regular briefing from Geneva Switzerland SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies on the origins of emerging and re emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential including SARS CoV 2 The emergence of new viruses that can trigger epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature and although SARS CoV 2 is the last virus of its kind it will not be the last he said he declares The 26 scientists come from several countries and were selected from more than 700 applications following a global call A two week public comment period will take place for WHO to receive comments on the proposed SAGO members Dr Maria Van Kerkhove WHO technical officer for COVID 19 said the world needs to be better prepared for any future disease X Responding to a reporter s question she anticipated that SAGO would recommend further studies in China and potentially elsewhere to understand the origins of the new coronavirus While SAGO will advise WHO any future missions will be organized by the UN agency and the country in question I want to make it very clear that SAGO is not the next mission team There have been misrepresentations about this in the future she said Source NAN
    WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens including SARS CoV 2 the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 Proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens SAGOs were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology animal health clinical medicine virology and genomics WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus announced this during his regular briefing from Geneva Switzerland SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies on the origins of emerging and re emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential including SARS CoV 2 The emergence of new viruses that can trigger epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature and although SARS CoV 2 is the last virus of its kind it will not be the last he said he declares The 26 scientists come from several countries and were selected from more than 700 applications following a global call A two week public comment period will take place for WHO to receive comments on the proposed SAGO members Dr Maria Van Kerkhove WHO technical officer for COVID 19 said the world needs to be better prepared for any future disease X Responding to a reporter s question she anticipated that SAGO would recommend further studies in China and potentially elsewhere to understand the origins of the new coronavirus While SAGO will advise WHO any future missions will be organized by the UN agency and the country in question I want to make it very clear that SAGO is not the next mission team There have been misrepresentations about this in the future she said Source NAN
    WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins
    General news1 year ago

    WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (SAGOs) were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology, animal health, clinical medicine, virology and genomics.

    WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus announced this during his regular briefing from Geneva, Switzerland.

    “SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies on the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2.

    "The emergence of new viruses that can trigger epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature, and although SARS-CoV-2 is the last virus of its kind, it will not be the last," he said. -he declares.

    The 26 scientists come from several countries and were selected from more than 700 applications following a global call.

    A two-week public comment period will take place for WHO to receive comments on the proposed SAGO members.

    Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical officer for COVID-19, said the world needs to be better prepared for any future 'disease X'.

    Responding to a reporter's question, she anticipated that SAGO would recommend further studies in China, and potentially elsewhere, to understand the origins of the new coronavirus.

    While SAGO will advise WHO, any future missions will be organized by the UN agency and the country in question.

    “I want to make it very clear that SAGO is not the next mission team. There have been misrepresentations about this in the future, ”she said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO has said the death toll from the coronavirus COVID 19 is now at its lowest level in nearly a year WHO director general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday that vaccine inequality has persisted despite falling deaths from COVID 19 Ghebreyesus reported that the death toll from COVID 19 was still at an unacceptable level noting that nearly 50 000 deaths per week and the actual number was certainly higher He said Deaths are declining in all regions except Europe where several countries are facing new waves of cases and deaths And of course deaths are highest in countries and populations with the least access to vaccines Ghebreyesus again called for greater support for developing countries to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine He called for global cooperation saying countries that continue to roll out booster shots are now effectively preventing other countries from vaccinating their most at risk populations As of Wednesday there were more than 238 million cases of COVID 19 worldwide and more than 4 8 million deaths WHO had previously pushed governments to vaccinate 10 of their population by the end of September a target 56 countries missed most in Africa The director general said more countries were at risk of missing the 40 target to be reached by the end of the year Three countries Burundi Eritrea and the Democratic People s Republic of Korea have yet to start immunizations About half of the remaining countries are limited by supply They have an on going vaccination program but don t have enough supply to accelerate enough to hit the target he said Ghebreyesus urged countries and companies that control the global vaccine supply to prioritize distribution to the COVAX solidarity initiative and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT At the same time he said WHO and its partners were working with other countries such as those affected by fragility or conflict to strengthen technical and logistical capacities for vaccine deployment With aggressive and ambitious action most of these countries can still meet the 40 target by the end of this year or be on track to achieve it he said He also referred to the escalating crisis in northern Ethiopia where a nearly yearlong war in the Tigray region has left up to seven million people in dire need of food and support other aids He said the conflict had spread to neighbors Afar and Amhara further increasing needs and complicating response efforts Aid is not reaching the area at a level close to the levels needed he said and communications electricity and other basic services remain cut off WHO and its partners are calling for unhindered access to affected regions as the lives of millions of people are at stake Ghebreyesus told reporters He said People with chronic illnesses die from lack of food and medicine Almost 200 000 children have gone without critical vaccination When people don t have enough food they are more susceptible to deadly diseases as well as the threat of starvation and this is what we are now seeing in Tigray Source NAN
    COVID-19 deaths at lowest in 1 year – WHO
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO has said the death toll from the coronavirus COVID 19 is now at its lowest level in nearly a year WHO director general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday that vaccine inequality has persisted despite falling deaths from COVID 19 Ghebreyesus reported that the death toll from COVID 19 was still at an unacceptable level noting that nearly 50 000 deaths per week and the actual number was certainly higher He said Deaths are declining in all regions except Europe where several countries are facing new waves of cases and deaths And of course deaths are highest in countries and populations with the least access to vaccines Ghebreyesus again called for greater support for developing countries to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine He called for global cooperation saying countries that continue to roll out booster shots are now effectively preventing other countries from vaccinating their most at risk populations As of Wednesday there were more than 238 million cases of COVID 19 worldwide and more than 4 8 million deaths WHO had previously pushed governments to vaccinate 10 of their population by the end of September a target 56 countries missed most in Africa The director general said more countries were at risk of missing the 40 target to be reached by the end of the year Three countries Burundi Eritrea and the Democratic People s Republic of Korea have yet to start immunizations About half of the remaining countries are limited by supply They have an on going vaccination program but don t have enough supply to accelerate enough to hit the target he said Ghebreyesus urged countries and companies that control the global vaccine supply to prioritize distribution to the COVAX solidarity initiative and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT At the same time he said WHO and its partners were working with other countries such as those affected by fragility or conflict to strengthen technical and logistical capacities for vaccine deployment With aggressive and ambitious action most of these countries can still meet the 40 target by the end of this year or be on track to achieve it he said He also referred to the escalating crisis in northern Ethiopia where a nearly yearlong war in the Tigray region has left up to seven million people in dire need of food and support other aids He said the conflict had spread to neighbors Afar and Amhara further increasing needs and complicating response efforts Aid is not reaching the area at a level close to the levels needed he said and communications electricity and other basic services remain cut off WHO and its partners are calling for unhindered access to affected regions as the lives of millions of people are at stake Ghebreyesus told reporters He said People with chronic illnesses die from lack of food and medicine Almost 200 000 children have gone without critical vaccination When people don t have enough food they are more susceptible to deadly diseases as well as the threat of starvation and this is what we are now seeing in Tigray Source NAN
    COVID-19 deaths at lowest in 1 year – WHO
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    COVID-19 deaths at lowest in 1 year – WHO

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at its lowest level in nearly a year.

    WHO director-general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday that vaccine inequality has persisted despite falling deaths from COVID-19.

    Ghebreyesus reported that the death toll from COVID-19 was still at an unacceptable level, noting that nearly 50,000 deaths per week and the actual number was certainly higher.

    He said: “Deaths are declining in all regions except Europe, where several countries are facing new waves of cases and deaths. And of course, deaths are highest in countries and populations with the least access to vaccines. "

    Ghebreyesus again called for greater support for developing countries to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    He called for global cooperation, saying "countries that continue to roll out booster shots are now effectively preventing other countries from vaccinating their most-at-risk populations."

    As of Wednesday, there were more than 238 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and more than 4.8 million deaths.

    WHO had previously pushed governments to vaccinate 10% of their population by the end of September, a target 56 countries missed, most in Africa.

    The director-general said more countries were at risk of missing the 40% target to be reached by the end of the year.

    “Three countries - Burundi, Eritrea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - have yet to start immunizations.

    “About half of the remaining countries are limited by supply. They have an on-going vaccination program, but don't have enough supply to accelerate enough to hit the target, ”he said.

    Ghebreyesus urged countries and companies that control the global vaccine supply to prioritize distribution to the COVAX solidarity initiative and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

    At the same time, he said WHO and its partners were working with other countries such as those affected by fragility or conflict to strengthen technical and logistical capacities for vaccine deployment.

    "With aggressive and ambitious action, most of these countries can still meet the 40% target by the end of this year, or be on track to achieve it," he said.

    He also referred to the escalating crisis in northern Ethiopia, where a nearly yearlong war in the Tigray region has left up to seven million people in dire need of food and support. other aids.

    He said the conflict had spread to neighbors Afar and Amhara, further increasing needs and complicating response efforts.

    Aid is not reaching the area "at a level close to the levels needed," he said, and communications, electricity and other basic services remain cut off.

    WHO and its partners are calling for unhindered access to affected regions, as the lives of millions of people are at stake, Ghebreyesus told reporters.

    He said: “People with chronic illnesses die from lack of food and medicine. Almost 200,000 children have gone without critical vaccination.

    "When people don't have enough food they are more susceptible to deadly diseases, as well as the threat of starvation, and this is what we are now seeing in Tigray."

    Source: NAN

  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO says the number of new reported COVID 19 cases has now declined for seven consecutive weeks globally the longest streak of weekly declines during the pandemic so far WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus revealed this during a press conference in Geneva on Monday In his speech posted on the WHO website the director general said that while weekly cases were at their lowest since February deaths were not declining as quickly The number of deaths reported last week was similar to the previous week and the global drop masks a worrying increase in cases and deaths in many countries The sharp increase in Africa is of particular concern as it is the region with the least access to vaccines diagnostics and oxygen A recent Lancet study showed that Africa has the highest global death rate among critically ill COVID 19 patients despite fewer reported cases than most other regions The available evidence suggests that new variants have dramatically increased transmission globally he said According to him this means that the risks have increased for people who are not protected i e most of the world s population and Right now the virus is moving faster than the global vaccine distribution he said At the G7 summit on Saturday Ghebreyesus said he spoke about the common goal of vaccinating at least 70 of the world s population by the next G7 meeting in Germany in 2022 To do this we need 11 billion doses the G7 and the G20 can do it I welcome the support expressed by the G7 for the WHO the ACT accelerator and the idea of a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response And I welcome the announcement that the G7 countries will donate 870 million doses of vaccine mainly through COVAX It s a big help but we need more and we need it faster he said According to him more than 10 000 people die every day in this single press conference more than 420 people will die The director general said the emergence of more transmissible variants meant public health and social measures may need to be stricter and enforced for longer in areas where vaccination rates remain low To improve the evidence base on the effectiveness of public health and social measures WHO collects data from around the world on the measures used and the level at which they are applied We have also created a new WHO working group with support from Norway to study the impact of public health and social measures during COVID 19 and other health emergencies he said he declares Also marking World Blood Donor Day the UN official noted that throughout the pandemic donors around the world have donated blood and the gift of life to others This year highlights the role of young people in supporting a safe and sufficient blood supply now and in the future with the message of donate blood and make the world beat he said he declares NAA NAN
    Global COVID-19 cases drop for 7th week – WHO
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO says the number of new reported COVID 19 cases has now declined for seven consecutive weeks globally the longest streak of weekly declines during the pandemic so far WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus revealed this during a press conference in Geneva on Monday In his speech posted on the WHO website the director general said that while weekly cases were at their lowest since February deaths were not declining as quickly The number of deaths reported last week was similar to the previous week and the global drop masks a worrying increase in cases and deaths in many countries The sharp increase in Africa is of particular concern as it is the region with the least access to vaccines diagnostics and oxygen A recent Lancet study showed that Africa has the highest global death rate among critically ill COVID 19 patients despite fewer reported cases than most other regions The available evidence suggests that new variants have dramatically increased transmission globally he said According to him this means that the risks have increased for people who are not protected i e most of the world s population and Right now the virus is moving faster than the global vaccine distribution he said At the G7 summit on Saturday Ghebreyesus said he spoke about the common goal of vaccinating at least 70 of the world s population by the next G7 meeting in Germany in 2022 To do this we need 11 billion doses the G7 and the G20 can do it I welcome the support expressed by the G7 for the WHO the ACT accelerator and the idea of a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response And I welcome the announcement that the G7 countries will donate 870 million doses of vaccine mainly through COVAX It s a big help but we need more and we need it faster he said According to him more than 10 000 people die every day in this single press conference more than 420 people will die The director general said the emergence of more transmissible variants meant public health and social measures may need to be stricter and enforced for longer in areas where vaccination rates remain low To improve the evidence base on the effectiveness of public health and social measures WHO collects data from around the world on the measures used and the level at which they are applied We have also created a new WHO working group with support from Norway to study the impact of public health and social measures during COVID 19 and other health emergencies he said he declares Also marking World Blood Donor Day the UN official noted that throughout the pandemic donors around the world have donated blood and the gift of life to others This year highlights the role of young people in supporting a safe and sufficient blood supply now and in the future with the message of donate blood and make the world beat he said he declares NAA NAN
    Global COVID-19 cases drop for 7th week – WHO
    Foreign1 year ago

    Global COVID-19 cases drop for 7th week – WHO

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of new reported COVID-19 cases has now declined for seven consecutive weeks globally, the longest streak of weekly declines during the pandemic so far .

    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus revealed this during a press conference in Geneva on Monday.

    In his speech posted on the WHO website, the director-general said that while weekly cases were at their lowest since February, deaths were not declining as quickly.

    “The number of deaths reported last week was similar to the previous week and the global drop masks a worrying increase in cases and deaths in many countries.

    “The sharp increase in Africa is of particular concern, as it is the region with the least access to vaccines, diagnostics and oxygen.

    “A recent Lancet study showed that Africa has the highest global death rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients, despite fewer reported cases than most other regions.

    “The available evidence suggests that new variants have dramatically increased transmission globally,” he said.

    According to him, this means that the risks have increased for people who are not protected, i.e. most of the world's population and

    “Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global vaccine distribution,” he said.

    At the G7 summit on Saturday, Ghebreyesus said he spoke about the common goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the world's population by the next G7 meeting in Germany in 2022.

    “To do this, we need 11 billion doses; the G7 and the G20 can do it.

    “I welcome the support expressed by the G7 for the WHO, the ACT accelerator and the idea of ​​a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response.

    “And I welcome the announcement that the G7 countries will donate 870 million doses of vaccine, mainly through COVAX.

    “It's a big help, but we need more, and we need it faster,” he said.

    According to him, more than 10,000 people die every day; in this single press conference, more than 420 people will die.

    The director-general said the emergence of more transmissible variants meant public health and social measures may need to be stricter and enforced for longer, in areas where vaccination rates remain low.

    “To improve the evidence base on the effectiveness of public health and social measures, WHO collects data from around the world on the measures used and the level at which they are applied.

    "We have also created a new WHO working group, with support from Norway, to study the impact of public health and social measures during COVID-19 and other health emergencies," he said. -he declares.

    Also marking World Blood Donor Day, the UN official noted that throughout the pandemic, donors around the world have donated blood "and the gift of life" to others.

    This year highlights the role of young people in supporting a safe and sufficient blood supply, now and in the future, with the message of "donate blood and make the world beat," he said. -he declares. (NAA)

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  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO said on Sunday that total funding committed to the Access to COVID 19 Tools ACT Accelerator partnership remained at 15 1 billion with a gap of more than 16 billion WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at the just concluded G7 summit in Cornwall UK ACT Accelerator is the proven and operational global collaboration to accelerate the development production and equitable access to COVID 19 tests treatments and vaccines It was created in response to a call from G20 leaders in March and launched by the WHO the European Commission France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020 In a statement posted on the WHO website the Director General thanked the G7 countries for their commitment to share at least 870 million doses of vaccines to low and middle income countries over the next year Ghebreyesus called for more support to close the gap in the distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine and said many other countries are now facing an increase in the number of vaccine free cases More than 16 billion dollars are still needed in 2021 to fully fund the work of ACT Accelerator the global partnership of major international health organizations which is at the midpoint of its funding requirement for 2020 21 said he declared According to him the leaders of the G7 stressed the importance of all the ACT Accelerator to come out of the pandemic ACT Accelerator s funding gap remains large with an urgent need for funding for tests treatments and health systems to ensure an end to the pandemic everywhere he added The CEO therefore warned of increasing the equity divide between the essential tools of COVID 19 He said that in addition to vital vaccine research and development and procurement ACT Accelerator needed funds to strengthen health systems and protect health workers administering the necessary tools He said He needs funds to test detect and contain hot spots as well as to identify new variants that will continue to appear and treatments to save the lives of those who will continue to catch and suffer from COVID 19 There is an urgent need for treatments like oxygen which is seeing an increase in demand five times and in cases like India 10 times more than needed before the pandemic The funding needed for the ACT Accelerator will address the challenges of getting products to where they are needed most helping establish testing for 500 million people in low and middle income countries of by mid 2021 Funds are also needed to help secure the necessary oxygen supply as well as distribute 165 million doses of treatment including dexamethasone which can save the lives of people seriously ill with COVID he said declared Following Sunday s 2021 G7 leaders summit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a donation of an additional 870 million doses of vaccine from attendees The majority of doses will be delivered via COVAX the vaccine pillar of the COVID 19 Access Tool Accelerator over the next year Participants included heads of G7 member states as well as Australia India South Africa and the Republic of Korea invited as guests The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world namely United Kingdom Germany Italy Canada France Japan and the United States The leaders confirmed their support for all pillars of the ACT Accelerator through treatment testing and strengthening of public health systems as well as vaccines In addition they indicated their intention to work with the private sector the G20 and other countries to increase the contribution to vaccines in the coming months Since its CEO Summit in February 2021 the G7 has committed a billion doses in total NAA NAN
    COVID-19: ACT-Accelerator partnership needs bn to fill funding gap – WHO
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO said on Sunday that total funding committed to the Access to COVID 19 Tools ACT Accelerator partnership remained at 15 1 billion with a gap of more than 16 billion WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at the just concluded G7 summit in Cornwall UK ACT Accelerator is the proven and operational global collaboration to accelerate the development production and equitable access to COVID 19 tests treatments and vaccines It was created in response to a call from G20 leaders in March and launched by the WHO the European Commission France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020 In a statement posted on the WHO website the Director General thanked the G7 countries for their commitment to share at least 870 million doses of vaccines to low and middle income countries over the next year Ghebreyesus called for more support to close the gap in the distribution of the COVID 19 vaccine and said many other countries are now facing an increase in the number of vaccine free cases More than 16 billion dollars are still needed in 2021 to fully fund the work of ACT Accelerator the global partnership of major international health organizations which is at the midpoint of its funding requirement for 2020 21 said he declared According to him the leaders of the G7 stressed the importance of all the ACT Accelerator to come out of the pandemic ACT Accelerator s funding gap remains large with an urgent need for funding for tests treatments and health systems to ensure an end to the pandemic everywhere he added The CEO therefore warned of increasing the equity divide between the essential tools of COVID 19 He said that in addition to vital vaccine research and development and procurement ACT Accelerator needed funds to strengthen health systems and protect health workers administering the necessary tools He said He needs funds to test detect and contain hot spots as well as to identify new variants that will continue to appear and treatments to save the lives of those who will continue to catch and suffer from COVID 19 There is an urgent need for treatments like oxygen which is seeing an increase in demand five times and in cases like India 10 times more than needed before the pandemic The funding needed for the ACT Accelerator will address the challenges of getting products to where they are needed most helping establish testing for 500 million people in low and middle income countries of by mid 2021 Funds are also needed to help secure the necessary oxygen supply as well as distribute 165 million doses of treatment including dexamethasone which can save the lives of people seriously ill with COVID he said declared Following Sunday s 2021 G7 leaders summit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a donation of an additional 870 million doses of vaccine from attendees The majority of doses will be delivered via COVAX the vaccine pillar of the COVID 19 Access Tool Accelerator over the next year Participants included heads of G7 member states as well as Australia India South Africa and the Republic of Korea invited as guests The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world namely United Kingdom Germany Italy Canada France Japan and the United States The leaders confirmed their support for all pillars of the ACT Accelerator through treatment testing and strengthening of public health systems as well as vaccines In addition they indicated their intention to work with the private sector the G20 and other countries to increase the contribution to vaccines in the coming months Since its CEO Summit in February 2021 the G7 has committed a billion doses in total NAA NAN
    COVID-19: ACT-Accelerator partnership needs bn to fill funding gap – WHO
    Foreign1 year ago

    COVID-19: ACT-Accelerator partnership needs $16bn to fill funding gap – WHO

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that total funding committed to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT-Accelerator) partnership remained at $ 15.1 billion with a gap of more than $ 16 billion .

    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at the just concluded G7 summit in Cornwall, UK.

    ACT-Accelerator is the proven and operational global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

    It was created in response to a call from G20 leaders in March and launched by the WHO, the European Commission, France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020.

    In a statement posted on the WHO website, the Director-General thanked the G7 countries for their commitment to share at least 870 million doses of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries over the next year.

    Ghebreyesus called for more support to close the gap in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, and said many other countries are now facing an increase in the number of vaccine-free cases.

    "More than 16 billion dollars are still needed in 2021 to fully fund the work of ACT-Accelerator, the global partnership of major international health organizations which is at the midpoint of its funding requirement for 2020-21," said he declared.

    According to him, the leaders of the G7 stressed the importance of all the ACT-Accelerator to come out of the pandemic.

    "ACT-Accelerator's funding gap remains large with an urgent need for funding for tests, treatments and health systems to ensure an end to the pandemic everywhere," he added.

    The CEO therefore warned of increasing the equity divide between the essential tools of COVID-19.

    He said that in addition to vital vaccine research and development and procurement, ACT-Accelerator needed funds to strengthen health systems and protect health workers administering the necessary tools.

    He said: “He needs funds to test, detect and contain hot spots, as well as to identify new variants that will continue to appear; and treatments to save the lives of those who will continue to catch and suffer from COVID-19.

    “There is an urgent need for treatments like oxygen, which is seeing an increase in demand five times - and in cases like India, 10 times - more than needed before the pandemic.

    “The funding needed for the ACT-Accelerator will address the challenges of getting products to where they are needed most, helping establish testing for 500 million people in low- and middle-income countries of by mid-2021.

    "Funds are also needed to help secure the necessary oxygen supply as well as distribute 165 million doses of treatment, including dexamethasone which can save the lives of people seriously ill with COVID," he said. declared.

    Following Sunday's 2021 G7 leaders' summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a donation of an additional 870 million doses of vaccine from attendees.

    The majority of doses will be delivered via COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the COVID 19 Access Tool Accelerator, over the next year.

    Participants included heads of G7 member states as well as Australia, India, South Africa and the Republic of Korea, invited as guests.

    The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world, namely: United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States.

    The leaders confirmed their support for all pillars of the ACT-Accelerator through treatment, testing and strengthening of public health systems as well as vaccines.

    In addition, they indicated their intention to work with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase the contribution to vaccines in the coming months.

    Since its CEO Summit in February 2021, the G7 has committed a billion doses in total. (NAA)

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  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The administration of US President Joe Biden plans to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine for donation to other countries over the next two years According to US media around 200 million doses will be distributed this year while the remaining doses will be delivered in 2022 Although the White House has yet to officially comment on the plan to deploy 500 million doses worldwide the U S leader mentioned it as he landed in the UK at the start of his maiden trip to the foreign But when asked if the U S government has a vaccination strategy for the world Biden said I have one and I ll announce it before boarding Air Force One An impatient crowd awaited his arrival at RAF Mildenhall Air Force Base in Suffolk on Wednesday eager to catch a glimpse of Air Force One when Mr Biden landed on Wednesday evening Biden addressed the US troops stationed at the base paying tribute to military families and remembering his late son Beau who served in the National Guard He praised the allies of the United States like minded nations and added The United States is back In addition to meeting with European partners Mr Biden will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin The eight day trip will begin with a meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall The G7 Group of Seven is made up of the world s seven largest so called advanced economies Canada France Germany Italy Japan United Kingdom and United States as well as EU Earlier on June 3 the Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus had requested the support of the G7 health ministers to achieve immunization targets by the end of the year year In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing First we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year end dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July he said Likewise Johnson has said he will urge G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the world against COVID 19 by the end of next year Leaders will arrive in Cornwall on Friday and meetings will begin the next morning NAA NAN
    U.S. to donate 500m COVID-19 vaccine doses
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The administration of US President Joe Biden plans to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine for donation to other countries over the next two years According to US media around 200 million doses will be distributed this year while the remaining doses will be delivered in 2022 Although the White House has yet to officially comment on the plan to deploy 500 million doses worldwide the U S leader mentioned it as he landed in the UK at the start of his maiden trip to the foreign But when asked if the U S government has a vaccination strategy for the world Biden said I have one and I ll announce it before boarding Air Force One An impatient crowd awaited his arrival at RAF Mildenhall Air Force Base in Suffolk on Wednesday eager to catch a glimpse of Air Force One when Mr Biden landed on Wednesday evening Biden addressed the US troops stationed at the base paying tribute to military families and remembering his late son Beau who served in the National Guard He praised the allies of the United States like minded nations and added The United States is back In addition to meeting with European partners Mr Biden will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin The eight day trip will begin with a meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall The G7 Group of Seven is made up of the world s seven largest so called advanced economies Canada France Germany Italy Japan United Kingdom and United States as well as EU Earlier on June 3 the Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus had requested the support of the G7 health ministers to achieve immunization targets by the end of the year year In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing First we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year end dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July he said Likewise Johnson has said he will urge G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the world against COVID 19 by the end of next year Leaders will arrive in Cornwall on Friday and meetings will begin the next morning NAA NAN
    U.S. to donate 500m COVID-19 vaccine doses
    Foreign1 year ago

    U.S. to donate 500m COVID-19 vaccine doses

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The administration of US President Joe Biden plans to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for donation to other countries over the next two years.

    According to US media, around 200 million doses will be distributed this year while the remaining doses will be delivered in 2022.

    Although the White House has yet to officially comment on the plan to deploy 500 million doses worldwide, the U.S. leader mentioned it as he landed in the UK at the start of his maiden trip to the foreign.

    But when asked if the U.S. government has a vaccination strategy for the world, Biden said, "I have one and I'll announce it," before boarding Air Force One.

    An impatient crowd awaited his arrival at RAF Mildenhall Air Force Base in Suffolk on Wednesday, eager to catch a glimpse of Air Force One when Mr Biden landed on Wednesday evening.

    Biden addressed the US troops stationed at the base, paying tribute to military families and remembering his late son, Beau, who served in the National Guard.

    He praised the allies of the United States - “like-minded nations” - and added, “The United States is back!

    In addition to meeting with European partners, Mr. Biden will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The eight-day trip will begin with a meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

    The G7 (Group of Seven) is made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States - as well as EU.

    Earlier on June 3, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, had requested the support of the G7 health ministers to achieve immunization targets by the end of the year. 'year.

    In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford, Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing.

    “First, we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year-end; dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals.

    “We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July,” he said.

    Likewise, Johnson has said he will urge G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the world against COVID-19 by the end of next year.

    Leaders will arrive in Cornwall on Friday and meetings will begin the next morning. (NAA)

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  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has requested support from G7 health ministers to meet immunization targets by the end of the year In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing First we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year end dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July As a G7 country you are in a unique position to pool doses and make it happen second we ask for your leadership in strengthening WHO including through sustainable and predictable funding Thirdly we ask for your support for an international treaty or agreement aimed at improving sharing and mutual accountability in order to meet the challenges we face now he said The Director General ensured WHO s continued commitment to work with ministers and all nations to achieve the vision of a healthier more secure more just and more sustainable future He said addressing the mismatch between WHO s expectations and resources and getting the job done was a key issue The challenges we face are deeper just like the solutions we design must be That is why the recommendation that I think will contribute the most to strengthening both WHO and global health security is the recommendation for a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response As you know member states at the World Health Assembly WHA passed a resolution last week agreeing to hold a special session of the Assembly in November AMS adopted a resolution providing for a session in November to consider the development of a WHO convention agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response a he declared He said holding a WHO convention on pandemic preparedness and response was an idea whose time had come We need generational engagement that survives budget cycles election cycles and media cycles A commitment that creates a global framework for governance funding systems and tools needed to build a safer world based on a One Health approach through close collaboration with tripartite plus partners A treaty would promote improved sharing trust and accountability and provide a solid foundation on which to build other mechanisms for global health security He therefore thanked the G7 countries which expressed their support for the idea of a treaty The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world namely United Kingdom Germany Italy Canada France Japan and the United States NAA NAN
    WHO seeks G7 support to meet immunization targets
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has requested support from G7 health ministers to meet immunization targets by the end of the year In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing First we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year end dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July As a G7 country you are in a unique position to pool doses and make it happen second we ask for your leadership in strengthening WHO including through sustainable and predictable funding Thirdly we ask for your support for an international treaty or agreement aimed at improving sharing and mutual accountability in order to meet the challenges we face now he said The Director General ensured WHO s continued commitment to work with ministers and all nations to achieve the vision of a healthier more secure more just and more sustainable future He said addressing the mismatch between WHO s expectations and resources and getting the job done was a key issue The challenges we face are deeper just like the solutions we design must be That is why the recommendation that I think will contribute the most to strengthening both WHO and global health security is the recommendation for a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response As you know member states at the World Health Assembly WHA passed a resolution last week agreeing to hold a special session of the Assembly in November AMS adopted a resolution providing for a session in November to consider the development of a WHO convention agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response a he declared He said holding a WHO convention on pandemic preparedness and response was an idea whose time had come We need generational engagement that survives budget cycles election cycles and media cycles A commitment that creates a global framework for governance funding systems and tools needed to build a safer world based on a One Health approach through close collaboration with tripartite plus partners A treaty would promote improved sharing trust and accountability and provide a solid foundation on which to build other mechanisms for global health security He therefore thanked the G7 countries which expressed their support for the idea of a treaty The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world namely United Kingdom Germany Italy Canada France Japan and the United States NAA NAN
    WHO seeks G7 support to meet immunization targets
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    WHO seeks G7 support to meet immunization targets

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has requested support from G7 health ministers to meet immunization targets by the end of the year.

    In his remarks at the G7 health ministers meeting in Oxford, Ghebreyesus called on ministers to show leadership to strengthen the WHO on sustainable financing.

    “First, we ask for your support in reaching our immunization goals for September and year-end; dose sharing with COVAX is now essential to achieve these goals.

    “We need 250 million doses by September and we need 100 million doses just in June and July.

    “As a G7 country, you are in a unique position to pool doses and make it happen; second, we ask for your leadership in strengthening WHO, including through sustainable and predictable funding;

    “Thirdly, we ask for your support for an international treaty or agreement aimed at improving sharing and mutual accountability in order to meet the challenges we face now,” he said.

    The Director General ensured WHO's continued commitment to work with ministers and all nations to achieve the vision of a healthier, more secure, more just and more sustainable future.

    He said addressing the mismatch between WHO's expectations and resources and getting the job done was a key issue.

    “The challenges we face are deeper, just like the solutions we design must be.

    “That is why the recommendation that I think will contribute the most to strengthening both WHO and global health security is the recommendation for a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response.

    “As you know, member states at the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a resolution last week agreeing to hold a special session of the Assembly in November.

    "AMS adopted a resolution providing for a session in November to consider the development of a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response," a- he declared.

    He said holding a WHO convention on pandemic preparedness and response was an idea whose time had come.

    “We need generational engagement that survives budget cycles, election cycles and media cycles.

    “A commitment that creates a global framework for governance, funding. systems and tools, needed to build a safer world, based on a One Health approach, through close collaboration with tripartite-plus partners.

    “A treaty would promote improved sharing, trust and accountability, and provide a solid foundation on which to build other mechanisms for global health security.

    He therefore thanked the G7 countries which expressed their support for the idea of ​​a treaty.

    The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world, namely: United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States. (NAA)

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  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO has launched the campaign to support millions of smokers who are actively taking action to save their lives but still need help to be successful WHO in a statement on Friday said the campaign is currently working directly with 29 target countries and they have agreed to some activities Each country has agreed with the WHO on certain activities including the organization of national awareness campaigns the publication of new digital tools the revision of policies the participation of young people the training of agents health and the opening of new cessation clinics In addition by supporting nicotine replacement therapy through WHO partners establishing national toll free lines to quit smoking offering smoking cessation courses and more says the press release He quoted Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus WHO Director General as saying Smokers are up to 50 more likely to develop serious illness and die from COVID 19 So quitting smoking is the best thing smokers can do to lower their risk of this coronavirus as well as the risk of developing cancer heart disease and respiratory disease We urge all countries to play their part in joining the WHO campaign and creating tobacco free environments that give people the information support and tools they need to quit and quit smoking smoke for good According to the statement R diger Krech WHO s director of health promotion said To help tobacco users commit to quitting and become winners we are using digital aids We are using digital aids to launch the WHO Quit Challenge chatbot and artificial intelligence digital health worker Florence and make advocacy material available in 30 languages The Quit Smoking Challenge provides daily notifications of advice and encouragement for up to six months to help people stay tobacco free It is available for free on WhatsApp Viber Facebook Messenger and WeChat Globally the statement noted that about 39 of men and 9 of women use tobacco The highest smoking rates are currently found in Europe at 26 percent with projections showing only a 2 percent decrease by 2025 if urgent government action is not taken continued the communicated Meanwhile Ghebreyesus had awarded the WHO Director General s Awards for Tobacco Control to India s Minister of Health and Family Welfare and a tobacco control research group in the UK Ghebreyesus presented special recognition awards for tobacco control to India s Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan and the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath UK Vardhan was instrumental in the 2019 national legislation banning electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products HTP in India The UK Tobacco Control Research Group has worked tirelessly to expose the tobacco industry s attempts and tactics to weaken block or delay tobacco control helping to ensure policy change at levels national and global NOPE NAN
    WHO helps people quit smoking to reduce risk of COVID-19
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organization WHO has launched the campaign to support millions of smokers who are actively taking action to save their lives but still need help to be successful WHO in a statement on Friday said the campaign is currently working directly with 29 target countries and they have agreed to some activities Each country has agreed with the WHO on certain activities including the organization of national awareness campaigns the publication of new digital tools the revision of policies the participation of young people the training of agents health and the opening of new cessation clinics In addition by supporting nicotine replacement therapy through WHO partners establishing national toll free lines to quit smoking offering smoking cessation courses and more says the press release He quoted Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus WHO Director General as saying Smokers are up to 50 more likely to develop serious illness and die from COVID 19 So quitting smoking is the best thing smokers can do to lower their risk of this coronavirus as well as the risk of developing cancer heart disease and respiratory disease We urge all countries to play their part in joining the WHO campaign and creating tobacco free environments that give people the information support and tools they need to quit and quit smoking smoke for good According to the statement R diger Krech WHO s director of health promotion said To help tobacco users commit to quitting and become winners we are using digital aids We are using digital aids to launch the WHO Quit Challenge chatbot and artificial intelligence digital health worker Florence and make advocacy material available in 30 languages The Quit Smoking Challenge provides daily notifications of advice and encouragement for up to six months to help people stay tobacco free It is available for free on WhatsApp Viber Facebook Messenger and WeChat Globally the statement noted that about 39 of men and 9 of women use tobacco The highest smoking rates are currently found in Europe at 26 percent with projections showing only a 2 percent decrease by 2025 if urgent government action is not taken continued the communicated Meanwhile Ghebreyesus had awarded the WHO Director General s Awards for Tobacco Control to India s Minister of Health and Family Welfare and a tobacco control research group in the UK Ghebreyesus presented special recognition awards for tobacco control to India s Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan and the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath UK Vardhan was instrumental in the 2019 national legislation banning electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products HTP in India The UK Tobacco Control Research Group has worked tirelessly to expose the tobacco industry s attempts and tactics to weaken block or delay tobacco control helping to ensure policy change at levels national and global NOPE NAN
    WHO helps people quit smoking to reduce risk of COVID-19
    General news2 years ago

    WHO helps people quit smoking to reduce risk of COVID-19

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the campaign to support millions of smokers who are actively taking action to save their lives, but still need help to be successful.

    WHO, in a statement on Friday, said the campaign is currently working directly with 29 target countries and they have agreed to some activities.

    “Each country has agreed with the WHO on certain activities, including the organization of national awareness campaigns, the publication of new digital tools, the revision of policies, the participation of young people, the training of agents. health and the opening of new cessation clinics.

    In addition, by supporting nicotine replacement therapy through WHO partners, establishing national toll-free lines to quit smoking, offering smoking cessation courses, and more, says the press release.

    He quoted Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, as saying: “Smokers are up to 50% more likely to develop serious illness and die from COVID-19.

    “So quitting smoking is the best thing smokers can do to lower their risk of this coronavirus, as well as the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

    "We urge all countries to play their part in joining the WHO campaign and creating tobacco-free environments that give people the information, support and tools they need to quit and quit smoking. smoke for good. ”

    According to the statement, Rüdiger Krech, WHO's director of health promotion, said: “To help tobacco users commit to quitting and become winners, we are using digital aids.

    “We are using digital aids to launch the WHO Quit Challenge chatbot and artificial intelligence digital health worker Florence, and make advocacy material available in 30 languages.

    “The Quit Smoking Challenge provides daily notifications of advice and encouragement for up to six months to help people stay tobacco free. It is available for free on WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger and WeChat. "

    Globally, the statement noted that about 39% of men and 9% of women use tobacco.

    "The highest smoking rates are currently found in Europe at 26 percent, with projections showing only a 2 percent decrease by 2025 if urgent government action is not taken," continued the communicated.

    Meanwhile, Ghebreyesus had awarded the WHO Director-General's Awards for Tobacco Control to India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare and a tobacco control research group in the UK.

    Ghebreyesus presented special recognition awards for tobacco control to India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, and the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, UK .

    Vardhan was instrumental in the 2019 national legislation banning electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTP) in India.

    The UK Tobacco Control Research Group has worked tirelessly to expose the tobacco industry's attempts and tactics to weaken, block or delay tobacco control, helping to ensure policy change at levels national and global. (NOPE)

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  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organisation WHO says the 74th session of the World Health Assembly WHA will stress the urgent need to end the current pandemic and prevent the next one by building a healthier safer and fairer world WHO in a statement said that WHA which would be held virtually would run from May 24 to 1 June 2021 The Health Assembly is WHO s highest decision making body and is attended by delegations from all around the world It will also be opened to Associate Members Observers invited representatives of the UN and other participating inter governmental organisations and non State actors According to the UN health agency over the past year cases of COVID 19 rose 40 fold to 162 million globally while the number of deaths has increased 11 times to more than 3 3 million The pandemic has hit all countries hard but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable Those countries vulnerable who are more exposed to the disease less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences such as loss of income as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic The statement quoted WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus saying A crisis often brings out the best in people and organisations From the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to our technical guidance the Solidarity Trial the UN Supply Chain Task Force and the OpenWHO org learning platform have been helping prevent infections and save lives Also other initiatives like the Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator including its COVAX partnership and the Solidarity Response Fund WHO has given countries effective and evidence informed tools to prevent infections save lives and maintain essential health services I am especially proud of the incredible work that WHO staff have done all over the world in the past 17 months to support countries to put these tools to work The UN health agency said that the pandemic was far from over and that the global response was at a critical phase It stated that stark contrasts still undermined progress with vaccine inequity being one of the most urgent issues posing a threat to ending the pandemic and to global recovery Over 75 per cent of all vaccine doses have been administered in only 10 countries the lowest income countries have administered less than half a per cent of global doses The statement further quoted Ghebreyesus as saying This year s WHA will play a vital role in shaping the global health architecture of the future and in strengthening WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate The Assembly s agenda will focus on the health related Sustainable Development Goals It will also focus on WHO s Triple Billion targets of one billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage one billion more better protected from health emergencies and one billion more enjoying better health and well being NAN NAN
    World Health Assembly will focus on ending COVID-19 pandemic – WHO
      By Cecilia Ologunagba The World Health Organisation WHO says the 74th session of the World Health Assembly WHA will stress the urgent need to end the current pandemic and prevent the next one by building a healthier safer and fairer world WHO in a statement said that WHA which would be held virtually would run from May 24 to 1 June 2021 The Health Assembly is WHO s highest decision making body and is attended by delegations from all around the world It will also be opened to Associate Members Observers invited representatives of the UN and other participating inter governmental organisations and non State actors According to the UN health agency over the past year cases of COVID 19 rose 40 fold to 162 million globally while the number of deaths has increased 11 times to more than 3 3 million The pandemic has hit all countries hard but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable Those countries vulnerable who are more exposed to the disease less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences such as loss of income as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic The statement quoted WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus saying A crisis often brings out the best in people and organisations From the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to our technical guidance the Solidarity Trial the UN Supply Chain Task Force and the OpenWHO org learning platform have been helping prevent infections and save lives Also other initiatives like the Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator including its COVAX partnership and the Solidarity Response Fund WHO has given countries effective and evidence informed tools to prevent infections save lives and maintain essential health services I am especially proud of the incredible work that WHO staff have done all over the world in the past 17 months to support countries to put these tools to work The UN health agency said that the pandemic was far from over and that the global response was at a critical phase It stated that stark contrasts still undermined progress with vaccine inequity being one of the most urgent issues posing a threat to ending the pandemic and to global recovery Over 75 per cent of all vaccine doses have been administered in only 10 countries the lowest income countries have administered less than half a per cent of global doses The statement further quoted Ghebreyesus as saying This year s WHA will play a vital role in shaping the global health architecture of the future and in strengthening WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate The Assembly s agenda will focus on the health related Sustainable Development Goals It will also focus on WHO s Triple Billion targets of one billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage one billion more better protected from health emergencies and one billion more enjoying better health and well being NAN NAN
    World Health Assembly will focus on ending COVID-19 pandemic – WHO
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    World Health Assembly will focus on ending COVID-19 pandemic – WHO

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    The World  Health Organisation (WHO) says the 74th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will stress the urgent need to end the current pandemic and prevent the next one by building a healthier, safer, and fairer world.

    WHO, in a statement said that WHA, which would be held virtually, would run from May 24 to 1 June, 2021.

    The Health Assembly is WHO’s highest decision-making body and is attended by delegations from all around the world.

    It will also be opened to Associate Members, Observers, invited representatives of the UN and other participating inter-governmental organisations, and non-State actors.

    According to the UN health agency, over the past year, cases of COVID-19 rose 40-fold to 162 million globally, while the number of deaths has increased 11 times, to more than 3.3 million.

    “The pandemic has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable.

    “Those countries vulnerable, who are more exposed to the disease, less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences (such as loss of income) as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.’’

    The statement quoted WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, saying, “A crisis often brings out the best in people and organisations.

    “From the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to our technical guidance, the Solidarity Trial, the UN Supply Chain Task Force and the OpenWHO.org learning platform  have been helping prevent infections and save lives.

    “Also, other initiatives like the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, including its COVAX partnership, and the Solidarity Response Fund, WHO has given countries effective and evidence-informed tools to prevent infections, save lives and maintain essential health services.

    “I am especially proud of the incredible work that WHO staff have done all over the world in the past 17 months to support countries to put these tools to work.”

    The UN health agency said that the pandemic was far from over and that the global response was at a critical phase.

    It stated that stark contrasts still undermined progress, with vaccine inequity being one of the most urgent issues, posing a threat to ending the pandemic and to global recovery.

    “Over 75 per cent of all vaccine doses have been administered in only 10 countries; the lowest income countries have administered less than half a per cent of global doses.’’

    The statement further quoted Ghebreyesus, as saying, “This year’s WHA will play a vital role in shaping the global health architecture of the future, and in strengthening WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate.”

    The Assembly’s agenda will focus on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

    It will also focus on WHO’s Triple Billion targets of one billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage; one billion more better protected from health emergencies, and  one billion more enjoying better health and well-being. (NAN)

    (NAN)

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