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LIVE: Media briefing on #monkeypox, #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
"On Saturday I declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global #monkeypox outbreak. More than 18,000 cases have now been reported to WHO from 78 countries, with more than 70% of cases reported from @WHO_Europe, and 25% from @pahowho"-@DrTedros
@WHO_Europe @pahowho @DrTedros "So far, five deaths have been reported, and about 10% of #monkeypox cases are admitted to hospital to manage the pain caused by the disease"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Media briefing on World report on the health of refugees & migrants, & other global health issues with @DrTedros…
"Today, WHO is proud to launch the first World Report on the health of refugees and migrants. 1 in every 8 people on our planet is a refugee or migrant, and the numbers are growing"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "With conflicts, #ClimateChange, growing inequality, and global emergencies such as the #COVID19 pandemic, more and more people will be on the move. Like anyone else, refugees and migrants have the right to the highest attainable standard of health"-@DrTedros
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1⃣8⃣ million children did not receive a single vaccine in 2021 - the largest ↘️ in 29 years, due to:

🔸 #COVID19-related disruptions
🔸 emergencies
🔸 misinformation undermining vaccine acceptance & demand

WHO & @UNICEF sound the alarm 🚨

🆕 data on global vaccine coverage ⬇️
Zero-dose children, those who haven’t received a single dose of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, more than doubled in 🔟 countries between 2019 and 2021.

This puts more lives at risk than ever before:
Inadequate immunization coverage leads to:
🚨 outbreaks
🚨 children dying from preventable illnesses
🚨 collapse of the global health system

We cannot let children needlessly suffer from preventable illnesses.

#VaccinesWork to save lives!

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LIVE: Media briefing on #COVID19 and other global health issues with @DrTedros.…
"I am concerned that cases of #COVID19 continue to rise - putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers - and deaths are unacceptably high"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "The Emergency Committee on #COVID19 met on Friday last week and concluded that the virus remains a Public Health emergency of International Concern"-@DrTedros
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Reality check👇

#COVID19 deaths globally are at a similar level to March 2020. While deaths are now much lower than they have been at their peaks over the last 2.5 yrs, we must remember that in 3/20, we knew very little about this virus & we had no treatments & no vaccines
Now in July 2022, we have several life saving interventions that we are not utilising effectively nor consistently globally & deaths should be far lower at this point in the pandemic

It’s not over & are playing with fire by letting this virus circulate at such intense levels
Among #Omicron lineages, #BA5 & #BA4 continue to rise globally.

BA.5 has been detected in 83 countries, with prevalence ⬆️ from 37% to 52% from 19 to 25 June. The rate of BA4 ⬆️ is not as high as BA5.

3/ @WHO
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1 year ago, as the 🌐’s richest countries rolled out #COVID19 vaccines while the poorest countries watched on, WHO set an ambitious but attainable 🎯 to vaccinate 7⃣0⃣% of the population of every country by the mid-2022.

The deadline is upon us, have we achieved #VaccinEquity?
#COVID19 vaccination has saved almost 2⃣0⃣ million
lives in 2021 alone, according to a new study in @TheLancetInfDis

Hundreds of thousands of deaths could have been averted if the 🌎🌍🌏 had reached WHO's target to vaccinate 40% of the population of every country against #COVID19 by the end of 2021. Most of these lives could have been saved in low income countries:
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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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We are not yet living with #COVID19 responsibly. Not even close.


↗️People are dying unnecessarily
↗️Millions infected each week
↗️Billions not fully vaccinated
↗️Lives & livelihoods suffering
↘️Dismantling systems needed to end the global emergency & fight the next one
While some countries have managed to significantly reduce hospitalisations and deaths, many have not. Too many vulnerable people continue to be missed with vaccination, clinical care, tests, accurate & reliable information…

#VaccinEquity remains a significant problem globally
… Far too many countries have abandoned public health measures (masks indoors, distance), not invested (ventilation, PPE, HCW), continue to politicize #COVID19 undermining the effectiveness of tools that work… all of which allows the virus to continue to circulate intensely…
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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: 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, #Ukraine and other global health issues with @DrTedros…
"On #COVID19, there’s good news. Last week, the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths was recorded since the early days of the pandemic. However, some countries are still witnessing serious spikes in cases, which is putting pressure on hospitals"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "This week, the #COVID19 IHR Emergency Committee met and unanimously agreed that the pandemic remains a public health emergency. I appreciated their advice and agree that far from being the time to drop our guard, this is the moment to work even harder to save lives"-@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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We @WHO recognise the tremendous desire to move on from #COVID19, the difficulties to keep fighting & the enormous toll this has taken on our lives.

However, the pandemic will end with our actions & we have the power to take the death and devastation out of COVID.

There are alot of questions about what’s going on with #COVID19 so let’s break it down…

First, #Omicron is still spreading at a very intense level and we are starting to see an increase in cases after a few weeks of decline (this is despite big reductions in testing)
Increasing cases will occur where measures are lifted even in the context of high vaccination coverage—this shouldn’t be a surprise as vaccines are incredibly effective at reducing severe disease and death, but not infections

Note the significant regional differences in trends👇
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Over 2 years ago...

"On 30 January [2020], we were telling the 🌍 there's going to be a flood"-@DrMikeRyan

WHO raised its highest alarm🚨 then, by declaring the #COVID19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of Intl. Concern.

6 weeks later, the outbreak had become a pandemic.
@DrMikeRyan 2 years after WHO described #COVID19 as a pandemic,
Over 4⃣3⃣3⃣ million confirmed cases almost 6⃣ million deaths have been reported globally.The cases and deaths are declining overall, some countries are lifting measures, but the pandemic is far from over.
To help countries respond the #COVID19 pandemic effectively, WHO published over 280 guidance documents, covering various topics:

📃Infection prevention & control
📃Laboratory testing
📃Travel advice
📃Clinical management
📃Home care
and many more 👇
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LIVE: Media briefing on expanding local pharmaceutical manufacturing with Dr Tedros…
"Vaccines are among the most powerful inventions in human history. Thanks to vaccines, smallpox is no more, polio is on the brink of eradication, and once-feared diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, measles and meningitis can now be easily prevented"-@DrTedros #VaccinesWork
@DrTedros "And of course, vaccines have helped to change the course of the #COVID19 pandemic. But this scientific triumph has been undermined by vast inequities in access to these life-saving tools"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
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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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LIVE with @DrTedros: Media briefing on the mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in #SouthAfrica. #VaccinEquity…
"Two years ago, as the 🌎 was still coming to grips with the spread of a new coronavirus, WHO did what only WHO can do – we convened hundreds of scientists from around the world to identify the most urgent priorities in R&D. Among them was the development of vaccines."-@DrTedros
"Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of that first meeting.
It’s incredible to think that within a year of that meeting, the first vaccines were approved, and just two years later, more than 10 billion doses have been administered globally."-@DrTedros
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Short 🧵 on #omicron (filmed yesterday)

The global situation with #COVID19 is dynamic. @WHO Global COVID-19 epi situation available here…

2/5 What is #Omicron? And what about BA.2?
3/5 What is the risk of severe disease with #Omicron?
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5️⃣ factors that continue to drive #COVID19 transmission globally:

1️⃣ Continued evolution of SARS-CoV-2 resulting in more transmissible variants & variants with immune evasion

2️⃣ Unequal access to life saving tools incl PPE, diagnostics, therapeutics & vaccines (#VaccinEquity)…
3️⃣ Increased social mobility & social mixing combined with 4️⃣Inappropriate and inconsistent use of proven Public Health & Social Measures (masks, distancing, ventilation, hand hygiene…)
5️⃣Misinformation, disinformation, conflicting messaging, politicization & false narratives
We have tools to tackle these major challenges now.

We can significantly ⬇️ the risk of #LongCOVID, severe disease and death now.

We can ⬇️ the spread to reduce risk of further variants now.

We can invest in the public health systems we need now & for the future now.

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Latest @WHO Weekly #COVID19 Epidemiological Update published last night (18.01.22)

Case reporting ⬆️ 20% globally in last week, w significant variation around the world.Deaths slightly increased w 45,543 people reported dead. Far far too many when tools can prevent #VaccinEquity
In last 7 days, almost 19 million cases were reported to @WHO. True number of cases is higher & this spike is causing significant burden on health systems around the world bc hospitalisations are also increasing due to #Omicron.

NB variation in % case & death change by region
With thanks to increased #COVID19 surveillance by professionals all over the world and expanded sequencing globally, sequences shared with @gisaid allow for detailed analyses of #Omicron (and all @WHO characterised VOI and VOCs) by @WHO and partners around the world.
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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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Disinformation watch: Earlier in the pandemic I pointed out it was hypocritical for those pushing vaccines-only & dropping public health measures to completely ignore #VaccinEquity.

They now realize this & tokenistically include it in their op-eds to cover their tracks. ImageImageImageImage
It's flawed reasoning to say you support #VaccinEquity but are against public health measures due to variants.

High numbers of cases is what increases the risk of variants.

And the places that have the highest number of cases are the US, UK and other Western countries.
It's hypocritical and white saviorism to claim that other countries are the main reason for variants when it's rich Western countries that have let the virus spread, putting us all at more risk.
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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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This is a map.

It looks like a simple world map with some data points on it.

But it's really a map showing an escape route.

➡️ A way out of the pandemic...…
To understand how to use this escape route, you first have to understand the trap we're in.

The core of it is this: we've been facing a global pandemic, but some rich governments have been trying to treat it like a national or regional problem.
Or, worse, those rich governments have been treating the pandemic as an opportunity for a few companies in their countries to make big profits.

They've been protecting & defending those companies from the start, prioritising their demands over the needs of humanity as a whole.
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