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LIVE: Opening of 152nd WHO Executive Board meeting…
"Three years ago today, I declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global spread of #COVID19 – the highest level of alarm under the International Health Regulations, and for the moment, the only level of alarm"-@DrTedros #EB152
@DrTedros "As you know, on Friday the Emergency Committee met to consider whether that remains the case. The committee has advised me that in its view, #COVID19 remains a global health emergency, and I agree"-@DrTedros #EB152
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Diamonds are forever, but #COVAX & @gavi, poster children of (Northern) narcissistic charity & (Southern) dependency, should exit the stage.@sarajerving @DevTodayJournal @TheLancet @paimadhu @CKyobutungi @seyeabimbola @WALETOM @BillGates @GaviSeth @WHO @raj_devex. Thread:
Institutional malpractice:“If ever there’s an enquiry into how this happened, we can find Covax culpable. We were misled.” That was @_AfricanUnion Envoy Strive Masiyiwa on #Covax.… @sarajerving
“GAVI has done a great job, but it has also hampered development in recipient countries,” Professor Oyewale Tomori, an eminent Nigerian virologist and former @gavi board member told VICE World News. “The last question I asked at a GAVI meeting was ‘Is GAVI forever?’"
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LIVE: Media briefing on global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "This week I had the privilege of travelling to Brussels for the launch of the @EU_Commission's Global Health Strategy"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros @EU_Commission "The 🇪🇺 is a key partner for WHO, and has played a leading role in global health. It was a driving force behind the creation of the @ACTAccelerator, and has been one of the largest funders of #COVAX"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: @DrTedros’ remarks at the @EU_Commission Health Policy Forum…
“I will start with the good news, because I got a Christmas gift earlier
today, and this is the 🇪🇺 contribution to universal health coverage, in
the amount of €125 million. We just came from signing with
Commissioner @JuttaUrpilainen”-@DrTedros
“This will help us to advance universal health coverage, especially
with a strong foundation of primary health care”-@DrTedros #HealthForAll
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📞En comunicación Julio Borba, ministro de Salud.

EN CDE: 107.1FM

#730AM #ALaGran730 Image
"El vape es una puerta de entrada al tabaquismo", Julio Borba, ministro de Salud.

EN CDE: 107.1FM

#730AM #ALaGran730
"La resolución ministerial dice que está prohibido la venta de cigarrillos electrónicos y vapeadores a menores de edad", Julio Borba, ministro de Salud.

EN CDE: 107.1FM

#730AM #ALaGran730
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Stark contrast between two major reports on the #COVID19 #pandemic this week. One from @Politico focuses on the Big Four NGOS that functioned outside of govts, raised $billions, & had pivotal influence over global policies. The other from @Commissioncovid @TheLancet looks...MORE
2/ more at the UN syst, #G20, @WHO & intl cooperation/governance (or lack thereof). In broad strokes both mega-reports blame the lack of global fairness, coordination & governance for #pandemic failures. But in very different ways.
@Politico says...…
3/...that @gatesfoundation & @gavi & #COVAX & @CEPIvaccines & @wellcometrust -- the global Big Four NGOs -- largely failed to deliver on their #COVID19 promises for tests, vaccines, drugs for the World. Rpt blames patents protections & lack of policy-making transparency.
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LIVE: Media briefing on #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from #COVID19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We are not there yet, but the end is in sight"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view. She runs harder, with all the energy she has left. So must we. We can see the finish line. We’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running"-@DrTedros #COVID19
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There's a *lot* of competition for the title of "Most On-The-Nose Symbol of Late Stage Capitalism," but I think there's a strong case for awarding the crown to #VaccineApartheid - the decision to deny covid vaccines to billions of poor people in the Global South. 1/ The Earth, floating in spac...
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
Here's how that went down: poor countries were arm-twisted into signing up to WTO on pain of being shut out of global trade (former colonies were forcibly converted to export crop economies that relied on rich-world countries for seed/agtech, so opting out wouldn't work). 3/
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The @WorldBank's controversial suggestion for a new Pandemic Preparedness & Response (PPR) Fund shows what's at stake in global health financing. A 🧵...
1. The Bank asks for $10.5bn on the weak basis that a. PPR is important & b. "sustained focus" on PPR needs yet another trust fund.…
2. The Bank does not address the usual shortcomings of trust funds in health (e.g. donor dependency, complexity & obfuscation, lack of health systems work, crowding out other actors etc. - see…)
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There are many problems with #Covaxin #vaccine, contrary to the article tweeted multiple times at me.
In April @WHO blocked it because…
The company's study offered no antibody info on placebo users to compare efficacy of vax to…
Exportation from India was halted on April 2 after @WHO discovered manufacturing contamination…
An Indian study found 2-dose #Covaxin only 47% effective against #SARSCoV2 despite manufacturer claim of 93%.…
#Covaxin can be stored at 47 degrees F, unlike the super-cold required for mRNA vaccines. That's a big plus.
Still, head-on-head independent comparisons of #COVID19 #vaccines against #Omicron found the Bharat-made Covaxin performed poorly.…
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"It’s a real pleasure to be here in Washington, D.C., on #WorldHealthDay. Over the past few days, I’ve had a series of very productive meetings with representatives of the Administration, senators, house members and other leaders"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "We renewed old friendships & forged new ones. We discussed #COVID19, the war in #Ukraine, and WHO’s 5 major priorities for the next 5 years, incl. supporting countries to make a paradigm shift towards promoting health and preventing disease, not just treating it"-@DrTedros
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🧵1. Until when will you be able to get a #Pfizer #COVID19 jab in SA?

Most likely only until July 31st, says @HealthZA. After that only #JnJ will be available.

Why? SA has received all the doses it's procured from Pfizer and the last batch expires on July 31.
2. How many #COVID19 jabs has SA received?

Total: 60,6 million

- #Pfizer: 39,272,220 (this includes US donations and jabs we got via #Covax)
- #JnJ: 21,333,840 (we also got 500,000 for #Sisonke1 + 250,00 for #Sisonke2)

Full story:
3. How many of the jabs #VaccineRolloutSA has received has been distributed? (Distributed = they've been transported to provinces. All distributed shots have not necessarily been used yet.)

-#Pfizer: 66% of received jabs = distributed
-#JnJ: 42% of received jabs = distributed
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🧵1. How many #COVID19 jabs does SA have?

1. 20 million+ vaccine doses in stock
2. There's been an increase in take-up over the past week
3. But there's still a risk that 100,000 doses that will expire on March 31 won't be used in time + need to be discarded
2. #JoePhaahla:
1. SA is working with #COVAX to take up doses in SA that risk expiry before use and then return them later (so a kind of exchange programme)
2. Programmes right now specifically target the 18-34 age group where uptake is the lowest
3. Nicholas Crisp, @HealthZA:
More exact count of nr of #COVID19 doses in SA: 25 mil doses
- 13 mil = #Pfizer
- Pfizer = more difficult to store than #JnJ - once removed from low temperatures = limited shelve life
- All JnJ doses only expire in 2023
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@DrTedros "This week marks 1 year since #COVAX made its 1st delivery in Africa, to 🇬🇭. Unfortunately, 💉 nationalism & manufacturers prioritizing high-income countries in the 1st half of last year severely limited the number of 💉 COVAX was able to supply in the 1st half of 2021"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "As a result, 83% of the population of Africa is yet to receive a single dose. This is not only a moral failure, it is also an epidemiological failure, which is creating the ideal conditions for new variants to emerge"-@DrTedros #PortsToArms
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Let’s focus on a small communist country of 11 million people #Cuba. Let’s see what Cuba is doing with their multiple vaccines & on Covid front! All the COVID vaccines developed in Cuba are what are known as protein subunit conjugate vaccines. 1/
Cuba now has five vaccines in various stages. Soberana 1, Soberana 2 and Soberna Plus, Abdala and Mambisa.
One is a nasal spray still in clinical trials. 2/
Cuba didn’t want to rely on the whims of foreign governments or international pharmaceutical companies to immunize its people. Cuba didn’t even sign up for the #COVAX program. 3/
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🟢🔵 Africa and the EU, together today, for tomorrow.

For us, #GlobalGateway stands for building sustainable and trusted connections that work for people and the planet.

Strengthening health, education and research systems across the world is a priority for us.

#TeamEurope is lead contributor to #COVAX with close to €3.5 billion and is Africa’s biggest #COVID19 vaccines donor.

We are helping accelerate the roll-out of vaccines with supply of auxiliary material like syringes, supply chain management, logistics and service delivery.
We will support African partners in strengthening local pharmaceutical systems and manufacturing capacity.

This means better access to medicines and vaccines for people in the region.

#AfricaEU #GlobalGateway
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BREAKING [Thread] @sahpra1 has registered the Chinese #COVID19 jab of #Sinopharm 4 people of 18+:

1. Internationally, the jab = known as Sinopharm/ BBIBP
2. It was originally developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products
3. It’s given as 2 injections, 2-4 weeks apart
2. Who applied for @sahpra1 approval?
1. International companies can’t apply directly to Sahpra 4 authorisation. They have to use a local company
2. #Sinopharm (a Chinese state-owned company) partnered with MC Pharma, a SA pharmaceutical company
3. Don’t get confused: Two local companies have applied with @sahpra1 for authorisation use of #Sinopharm’s #COVID19 vaccine:
1. MC Pharma (this is the application that’s been approved)
2. LHC Pharmaceuticals (this application has not yet been approved)
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Pfizer was just awarded a $2,047,500,000 modification (P00007) to contract W58P05-21-C-0002 for an additional 300 MILLION DOSES of COVID-19 vaccine FOR INTERNATIONAL DONATION to low and low-middle income countries.
300M doses of a #GreatReset gene therapy.…
If there is ONE thing I learned from the internet is that if something is free, you are not the customer, you are the product.
2 BILLION$ of US taxpayers to have 300M vaccines that will turn people around the world into a product controlled by their own governments.
TWO BILLION DOLLARS that could have went to help the people in the US who got hurt by the impact of the measures the government has inflicted on them, is being diverted to make the same pharmaceutical giant they now must take its product even richer.
Governments works for Pfizer.
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@DrTedros "The volcanic eruption near #Tonga & tsunami require an urgent response. With telecommunications down, WHO is on the ground helping coordinate the response by channelling information between @UN agencies, humanitarian partners & the government"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros @UN "Information on the degree of destruction is still being gathered but WHO will do all it can to support the people and government of #Tonga"-@DrTedros

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@DrTedros "Last week, more than 15 million new cases of #COVID19 were reported to WHO from around the world – by far the most cases reported in a single week – and we know this is an underestimate"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This huge spike in infections is being driven by the Omicron variant, which is rapidly replacing Delta in almost all countries"-@DrTedros #COVID19
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"Two years ago, as people gathered for New Year’s Eve celebrations, a new global threat emerged."-
"WHO’s health emergency system immediately swung into action, establishing an Incident Management Support Team, to run the emergency response and requesting more information about the reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan, China."-
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Despite all the challenges we faced this year, 2021 has also been a year full of inspiring stories about solidarity, merit and hope.

We bring you 7⃣ inspiring stories of 2021!
1⃣ The power of science

In 2021, Dr Özlem Türeci and Dr Uğur Şahin, co-founders of @BioNTech_Group, received the Order of Merit – an award for their scientific persistence to develop a COVID-19 vaccine saving lives of millions of people worldwide. 🏅

An inspiration to all.
2⃣ The power of solidarity

In 2021, #TeamEurope shared over 350 million doses to low and middle-income countries - mostly via #COVAX. And our efforts will continue next year with more donations.

Because no one is safe until everyone is safe.
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THREAD: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, holds a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
.@DrTedros: The end of a year is always an opportunity to look back, and to look forward.
As we look back, 2021 gave us many reasons to hope. Science delivered that hope, in the form of vaccines, which have undoubtedly saved many lives this year
@DrTedros .@DrTedros: On the other hand, there is no doubt that the inequitable sharing of those vaccines has cost many lives. 2021 was a year in which we lost 3.5 million people to #COVID19 – more deaths than from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020
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"The end of a year is always an opportunity to look back, and to look forward.
As we look back, 2021 gave us many reasons to hope. Science delivered that hope, in the form of vaccines, which have undoubtedly saved many lives this year."-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "On the other hand, there is no doubt that the inequitable sharing of those vaccines has cost many lives.
2021 was a year in which we lost 3.5 million people to #COVID19 – more deaths than from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020."-@DrTedros
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