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@DrTedros "As you know, just under three weeks ago I declared an end to #COVID19 as a public health emergency of international concern.

It was a moment of relief and reflection.

It’s encouraging to see life return to normal – to be able to hug a friend, to travel freely, and to meet…… Image
@DrTedros "But at the same time, many of us continue to carry grief in our hearts – grief over those we have lost, grief at the terrible toll the pandemic has taken on families, communities, societies and economies, and grief that it didn’t need to be this way"-@DrTedros #WHA76
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Dr Edward Jenner, who invented vaccination, died 200 years ago today. Jenner created the first-ever vaccine when he found out people infected with cowpox were immune to #smallpox. This discovery ultimately led the world to eradicate this deadly disease & save millions of lives ⬇
At first, not everyone agreed with Dr Jenner and his #smallpox vaccine. Rumours & #misinformation circulated at the time that the vaccine would turn people into cows.

📸 @WellcomeLibrary
#Smallpox was eradicated in 1980, thanks to an extended global effort, spearheaded by WHO and involving all countries. Thousands of #healthworkers administered half a billion vaccinations to stamp out the disease. #VaccinesWork
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LIVE: Media briefing on global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "I’m joining you from Bali, 🇮🇩, where the @g20org Summit has just concluded. Over the past 2 days, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with several 🌍 leaders and to address the Summit itself"-@DrTedros #G20

@DrTedros @g20org "My message was that, as #COVID19 has demonstrated, when health is at risk, everything is at risk. Conflicts around the 🌍, #ClimateChange, & global crises in food and energy security have now overshadowed the pandemic as the most pressing issues for world leaders"-@DrTedros #G20
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LIVE: Media briefing on global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "First to #Uganda, where WHO is continuing to support the government to respond to an outbreak of #Ebola disease in five districts. So far, there are 54 confirmed and 20 probable cases, with 39 deaths, and 14 people have recovered"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "Over 660 contacts are currently under active follow-up. Our primary focus now is to support the Government of #Uganda to rapidly control & contain this #Ebola outbreak, to stop it spreading to neighbouring districts, & neighbouring countries"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: @DrTedros' remarks at the #COVID19 Global Action Plan Ministerial Meeting…
"We have never been in a better position to end #COVID19 as a global health emergency. The number of weekly reported deaths is near the lowest since the pandemic began, and 2/3 of the world’s population is vaccinated, including 75% of #healthworkers and older people"-@DrTedros
"But there is much more to be done. Huge disparities in vaccination coverage, plummeting rates of testing and sequencing, and gaps in access to antivirals put us all at risk"-@DrTedros #COVID19
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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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LIVE: Media briefing on health situation in #Pakistan, #COVID19, #monkeypox with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "First to #Pakistan, where weeks of heavy monsoon rains have caused extensive flooding and landslides, resulting in death, displacement and damage. More than 1000 deaths have been reported, and almost 900 health facilities have been damaged"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "3/4 of #Pakistan’s districts & 33 million people have been affected, with 6+ million in dire need of humanitarian aid. Damage to health infrastructure, shortages of 👩‍⚕️ & limited health supplies are disrupting health services, leaving 👶 & 🤰 & 🤱 at increased risk"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Media briefing on #Ukraine, #monkeypox, #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "Yesterday marked six months since the Russian Federation’s invasion, which has had a devastating impact on the health and lives of #Ukraine’s people. Although shaken, the health system has not collapsed"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "WHO continues to support @MoH_Ukraine to restore disrupted services, displaced #healthworkers and destroyed infrastructure, which is essential not only for the health of #Ukraine’s people, but for the country’s resilience and recovery"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: media briefing on #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "#COVID19, driven by BA.4 and BA.5 in many places, cases are on the rise in 110 countries, causing overall global cases to increase by 20% and deaths have risen in 3 of the 6 WHO regions even as the global figure remains relatively stable"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This pandemic is changing but it’s not over. Our ability to track the #COVID19 virus is under threat as reporting and genomic sequences are declining meaning it is becoming harder to track Omicron and analyse future emerging variants"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Media briefing on #COVID19 & other global health issues with @DrTedros…
"Globally, the number of reported #COVID19 cases and deaths continues to decline. This is clearly a very encouraging trend – increasing vaccination rates are saving lives – but WHO continues to urge caution. There is not enough testing, and not enough vaccination"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "On average, about 3/4 of #healthworkers and people aged over 60 globally have been vaccinated. But these rates are much lower in low-income countries. Almost 18 months since the first vaccine was administered, 68 countries have still not achieved 40% coverage"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Second Plenary meeting at #WHA75…
"Yesterday, I made my remarks on the theme of health for peace and peace for health, which Member States will discuss in the general debate. I want to start today by looking back, to where we have been over the past five years"-@DrTedros #WHA75
@DrTedros "You elected me 5 short years ago, with an ambitious agenda for universal health coverage; health emergencies; women's, children's and adolescents' health; the health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO"-@DrTedros #WHA75
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LIVE: Opening of the 75th World Health Assembly with @DrTedros. #WHA75…
"It’s good to see you. It’s been a while. For more than two years, technology has allowed us to continue meeting, and to continue our work together. But there is no substitute for meeting face-to-face"-@DrTedros #WHA75
"The #COVID19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. Our world has endured great suffering – and endures it still. I know how difficult the last two years have been for you and the people we serve together"-@DrTedros #WHA75
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LIVE: Media briefing on #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
"Over the last week, #COVID19 cases have risen in four out of the six WHO regions. Due to testing and sequencing reducing in many countries, it is increasingly difficult to know where the virus is and how it’s mutating"-@DrTedros
"The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has announced, through their state media, their first outbreak of #COVID19, with more than 1.4 million suspected cases since late April"-@DrTedros
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A few reflections on and highlights from Preventable by @devisridhar #Covid19 #pandemics #globalhealth Image
Preventable is a #mustread. A clear, fast-moving time travel through the past years of #Covid19.
Gone into print in August 2021, the book is a reminder of harrowing images (and for many very real personal experiences and losses). I sadly think many of these have already been forgotten, just a few months later. Image
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LIVE: @DrTedros' address at the High-Level International Donors’ Conference for #Ukraine…
"It’s often said that the 1st casualty of war is truth. The same saying could apply to health. The disruption of health services across #Ukraine has been catastrophic, compounded by displacement & millions of people remain trapped in conflict areas, unable to move"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This puts services and infrastructure, and the health of millions of people, at severe risk. The resilience of any health system is defined not by its buildings, but its people – those who deliver care even in the most extreme circumstances"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Media briefing on #Ukraine, #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
@DrTedros "The global increase in #COVID19 cases continues, driven by large outbreaks in Asia and a fresh wave in Europe. Several countries are now seeing their highest death rates since the beginning of the pandemic"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This reflects the speed with which Omicron spreads, and the heightened risk of death for those who are not vaccinated, especially older people"-@DrTedros #COVID19

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LIVE: @DrTedros briefs the @UN Security Council on the health crisis in #Ukraine…
@DrTedros @UN "The war in #Ukraine is having devastating consequences for the health of Ukraine’s people; consequences that will reverberate for years or decades to come"-@DrTedros Image
@DrTedros @UN "There is severe disruption to health services and access to basic commodities, as a result of widespread destruction of infrastructure, including health facilities"-@DrTedros #Ukraine
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.@DrTedros, @UNFPA’s @Atayeshe and @unicefchief Catherine Russell call for an immediate cessation of all attacks on health care in #Ukraine 👇
The horrific attacks on healthcare in #Ukraine are killing and causing serious injuries to patients and health workers, destroying vital health infrastructure and forcing thousands to forgo accessing health services despite catastrophic needs.
To attack the most vulnerable – babies, children, pregnant women, and those already suffering from illness and disease, and #healthworkers risking their own lives to save lives – is an act of unconscionable cruelty. #Ukraine
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The number of 👥 in need in Burkina Faso, Northern Cameroon,Chad,Mali,Niger, and North-Eastern Nigeria 📈 from 24M in 2018 to over 30M in 2022 due to the combined effect of:
🚨 increasingly violent conflicts
🚨 deep poverty
🚨 climate change
🚨 unprecedented food insecurity Image
@OMSNiger @WHONigeria @OMS_Burkina @whocmr @omsmali @OMS_Afrique @unis_sahel @UN_UNOWAS Only less than half of the 2021 humanitarian appeal for the Sahel was funded.

Despite this, WHO and partners continued to work in the Sahel region to prevent the humanitarian situation from getting worse.

#SahelNow Image
In 2021 despite security and funding challenges WHO helped over 300,000 people in #BurkinaFaso🇧🇫 with

✅ emergency supplies to treat cholera
#COVID19 trauma, and severe acute malnutrition treatment
✅ medicines to manage chronic conditions

#WHOImpact Image
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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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From Wed, 23rd Feb, you can:
1. Get a 2nd #Pfizer jab 21 days after a 1st jab (previously = 42 days)
2. Get a Pfizer booster (3rd jab) 3 mnths after a 2nd jab (previously = 6 months) or choose 2 have a #JnJ booster after 2 #Pfizer shots (boosters = only for 18+)
2. From TOMORROW, Mon, 21st Feb, people of 18+ who received 1 #JnJ jab can:
- Choose to have a #Pfizer booster (instead of a 2nd #JnJ shot [booster] after 1 JnJ shot), in other words, you'll be able to "mix and match"
3. What should you do if a site has only 1 brand of #COVID19 vaccine available?

1. You should go with the same jab that you got 4 vaccination as a booster (or look for a different site)
2. Homologous boosting (booster = same as your other doses) = preferred
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It's the Int. Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Over 2⃣0⃣0⃣ MILLION women & girls alive today have suffered FGM. FGM has no health benefits & can cause life-long suffering.

Let's #EndFGM!

Women & girls living with female genital mutilation face serious threats to their health & well-being.
These include:
🔴 infections
🔴 bleeding
🔴 psychological trauma
🔴 chronic health conditions that can occur throughout life
🔴 death

Let's #EndFGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognized as a #HumanRights violation of girls and women.

WHO is opposed to all types of FGM. It should never be performed.

Let's #EndFGM

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@DrTedros "Past Sunday marked World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day. Neglected tropical diseases affect the poorest & most marginalized communities, & the #COVID19 pandemic has made things worse, badly disrupting services to prevent, detect & treat them"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "Nevertheless, with support from WHO and our partners, five countries eliminated a neglected tropical disease last year: Gambia and Myanmar eliminated trachoma; Côte d’Ivoire and Togo eliminated human African trypanosomiasis, and Malawi eliminated lymphatic filariasis"-@DrTedros
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