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LIVE with @DrTedros at the inauguration of the WHO Country Office in #Bahrain…
@DrTedros "Honoured to be able to attend the opening of the WHO Country Office in the Kingdom of 🇧🇭, WHO’s 152nd country office. The Office will deliver strategic, technical, policy & service delivery support to the govt to advance health & well-being nationally, regionally & 🌍"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "The opening of this country [in #Bahrain] office reflects WHO’s commitment to serve all countries, at all income levels, providing support tailored to the needs of the country and its place in the global health architecture"-@DrTedros #HealthForAll #WHOImpact
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@DrTedros "Globally, newly-reported cases of #COVID19 have now declined for 8 weeks in a row, and deaths have declined for the 7th straight week. This is good news, but new infections and deaths remain high globally"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "Last week more than 2.5 million #COVID19 cases and almost 64,000 deaths were reported – that’s 250 cases and 6 deaths every minute, that we know of"-@DrTedros

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THREAD: The World Health Organization holds a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Globally, we continue to see encouraging signs in the trajectory of the pandemic. The number of new cases of #COVID19 reported to WHO has now declined for 6 weeks, and deaths have declined for 5 weeks.
@DrTedros: However, we still see a mixed picture around the world. The number of deaths reported last week increased in 3 out of WHO’s 6 regions: Africa, the Americas and the Western Pacific.
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"Globally, we continue to see encouraging signs in the trajectory of the pandemic. The number of new cases of #COVID19 reported to WHO has now declined for 6 weeks, and deaths have declined for 5 weeks"-@DrTedros
"However, we still see a mixed picture around the world. The number of deaths reported last week increased in 3 out of WHO’s 6 regions: Africa, the Americas and the Western Pacific"-@DrTedros #COVID19

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"I would like to thank #Japan and Prime Minister @sugawitter for hosting the #COVAX AMC summit. Arigato gozaimasu. 🇯🇵 is a steadfast leader on global health, from universal health coverage to #COVID19"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity Image
"A year ago, #COVAX began as a groundbreaking global partnership, pooling risk and driving equity. So far, we have delivered almost 78 million [#COVID19 vaccine] doses to 127 countries and economies since February – from remote islands to conflict zones"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
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"Yesterday, #WHA74 wrapped up a highly productive week of discussions & decisions. It was conducted entirely virtually. I was heartened that together we adopted over 30 resolutions & decisions on a broad range of health challenges"-@DrTedros
"And the three recent reviews of the international response to the #COVID19 pandemic reflected the need for a paradigm shift in both the quantity and quality of funding for WHO"-@DrTedros #WHA74
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With #WHA74 approving a late Nov 2021 Special Session to consider a "WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response," I needed a living list of views & recs on what such a treaty should cover 🧵…
Call for a pandemic treaty appears in an op-ed by @eucopresident together with 25+ heads of state & @DrTedros in March. They invoke need to improve inter alia "data-sharing, research, and...production of medical and public health counter measures"…
Note the *idea* is not new - many academics and experts have previously called for int'l laws on at least some aspects of global health (see more recently @haiknikogosian & @IlonaKickbusch…). March op-ed however marks first significant high-level support
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#WHA74 today agreed to meet again in November, at a special session of the World Health Assembly, to consider developing a WHO global agreement on preparedness and response to health emergencies.
#WHA74 also agreed on a resolution reaffirming WHO’s role as the directing and coordinating authority in health during emergencies and beyond, and in aiding governments towards achieving resilient health systems and #HealthForAll.
The resolution calls on Member States to provide WHO with sustainable financing, while continuing their response to the pandemic & strengthening preparedness capacities, incl strengthening workforce, research activities, surveillance systems, & adopting a One Health Approach.
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"First of all, I would like to thank Your Excellency Dasho Dechen Wangmo for your leadership this week as President of the #WHA74"-@DrTedros
"I would also like to thank the Chair of Committee A, Dr Adriana Amarilla of #Paraguay, and the Chair of Committee B, Dr Iferemi Waqainabete of #Fiji. Thank you both for your leadership this week"-@DrTedros #WHA74
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#WHA74 resolution on strengthening local production of medicines & other health technologies to improve access, aims for a more comprehensive, all-of-govt approach, natl strategies & action plans, an enabling business environment and more
Member States’ requests for WHO’s support in strengthening local production have been increasing in recent years. The #COVID19 pandemic has further highlighted the urgent need for enhancing quality manufacturing capacity in all regions of the world. #WHA74
Development of innovative, highly effective health products such as mRNA technologies are necessary to address or even avert future public health emergencies and to improve access to health products in general. #WHA74

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Today the 74th World Health Assembly #WHA74 saw new resolutions on the health and care workforce and strategic directions for nursing and midwifery.
The #COVID19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of all health and care workers at the forefront of the pandemic, who have faced multiple risks related to their health, well-being and safety. #WHA74

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New resolution stresses the need for decent pay, recognition, a safe working environment, and protection of the rights of health and care workers. #WHA74
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Media briefing on #COVID19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) with @DrTedros…
"As you know, this week is the #WHA74 – the annual meeting of nations to discuss common health challenges and agree on a common way forward. The range of issues being discussed is immense: from diabetes to malaria, disabilities, oral health and much, much more"-@DrTedros
"And of course, #COVID19 has been the focus of a lot of discussion. There has been broad consensus this week that equitable access to vaccines is essential for ending the pandemic"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
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"May all be happy.
May all be free from illness.
May all see what it is auspicious.
May no one suffer.
May peace prevail."
-🕊️Nobel Peace Laureate @k_satyarthi at #WHA74
"I am here as the voice of the millions of voiceless children who are left behind. They are the children who live with inter-generational poverty & hunger... [who] are forced to work & sell their bodies. They are the same who face the worst health outcomes."
-@k_satyarthi #WHA74
"While the 🌍 has suffered as one, we have not suffered equally. Two-thirds of the world's largest companies made an additional USD109 billion in 2020. At the same time 140 million children & their families will be pushed into acute poverty.
This is unacceptable."
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Let’s call for a massive push to vaccinate 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁:

📍10% of every country's population by September

📍30% by the end of 2021.

The @WHO is calling on #WHA74 to rally such goals.

“If any country is left behind, we are all held back”. ~@DrTedros
2) If wealthier vaccinated countries don’t help, this will continue to happen. Neglect of the developing world will lead to hurting the world continually.

This is why we must share vaccines and unite.
3) if we don’t share vaccines, then richer countries will still be hit. We are all connected. No country is invulnerable.
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At #WHA74, the Sasakawa Health Prize was awarded to Dr Amal Saif Al-Maani, for boosting awareness of antimicrobial resistance and the importance of #HandHygiene, and for advocating for rational use of antimicrobials in #Oman 🇴🇲
To help combat antimicrobial resistance, Dr Al-Maani engaged in the national project “Be Role Model for Hand Hygiene” as part of her advocacy work for #HandHygiene in the community and health care settings in #Oman 🇴🇲
🏆 The 2021 Sasakawa Prize goes to Dr Wu Hao from Fangzhuang Community Health Service Centre in #China 🇨🇳.

Dr Wu has devoted his career to improving community health & integrating the use of technology to ensure more people can access care close to home.
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The 74th World Health Assembly approved the WHO resolution on global disability action plan 2014–2021 for better health for all people with #disability.

The #WHA74 is expected to adopt this resolution on plenary next week.
Over 1 billion people currently live with some form of #disability. This number is rising as populations expand and age, and due to the increasing number of people living with noncommunicable conditions. #WHA74
Today's #WHA74 resolution on health for people living with disabilities aims to make the health sector more inclusive by tackling the significant barriers many people with disabilities face when they try to access health services.
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"The #COVID19 pandemic has brought us a tsunami of suffering. Over 3.4M lives have been lost. Some 500M jobs have gone. Trillions of $ have been wiped from global balance sheets. The most vulnerable are suffering most. And I fear this is far from over."
-🇺🇳@antonioguterres #WHA74
"I pay tribute to the healthcare workers who are the heroes of this pandemic. Millions of healthcare professionals continue to put themselves in harm's way every day. We owe them our deepest appreciation. This includes our colleagues at WHO."
-🇺🇳@antonioguterres at #WHA74
"Sadly, unless we act now, we face the situation in which rich countries vaccinate the majority of their people and open their economies while [#COVID19] continues to cause deep suffering by circulating & mutating in the poorest countries."
-🇺🇳@antonioguterres at #WHA74
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1/4We’re stuck in a variant vs vaccine loop. Current UK border control=bandaid solution til IP barriers around max vax production are removed. Indian vax export ban (due to domestic crisis) causing knock-on shortages. Even @BillGates has u-turned to support #IPwaiver @chrischirp
2/4 @Dominic2306 damning revelations on No 10s total lack of #COVID19 strategy further demonstrates why a “wait & see” approach is deadly during outbreaks. @IndependentSage also concerned around #AZ efficacy against #B16172 as some Indian #HCWs testing + after 2 doses @skynewsSam
3/4 @IndependentSage continues to step up & fill the gaping hole in Gov leadership during the largest #publichealth crisis of a generation- pushing for better #globalhealth policy on borders, reforming #TTI vaccine access etc but the UK is risking making the same mistakes again!
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"I am proud to say that the Kingdom of #Tonga🇹🇴 is one of the few countries in the world to be completely #COVID19 free."
-🇹🇴 Prime Minister Dr Pohiva TU’I’onetoa at #WHA74
"#Tonga🇹🇴 activated early its national task force for #COVID19 jointly with the national emergency management committee in February 2020, even before the first case was reported in the Pacific."
-🇹🇴 Prime Minister Dr Pohiva TU’I’onetoa at #WHA74
"We are working to vaccinate the population [against #COVID19]. To date we have reached more than 25% of our target population."
-#Tonga🇹🇴 Prime Minister Dr Pohiva TU’I’onetoa at #WHA74
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"The priority now is to guarantee universal access to vaccines. That is why my government has launched a multilateral initiative “Vaccines for All” which addresses the global challenge of vaccine production & distribution in all its complexity."
-🇪🇸 PM @sanchezcastejon at #WHA74
"We propose to act simultaneously on 3 fronts that... hinder equitable access to vaccines. First of all we must share knowledge of all kinds, incl. the transfer of know-how & technology and aspects related to intellectual property."
-🇪🇸 Prime Minister @sanchezcastejon at #WHA74
"#Spain has formally joined the C-TAP initiative... We invite governments and especially the pharmaceutical industry to join us so that the initiative can achieve tangible results."
-🇪🇸 Prime Minister @sanchezcastejon at #WHA74
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"To refuse [#COVID19] vaccines is to court death. We are fighting a war with a grim, promiscuous and pervasive reaper of death and destruction. No nation has escaped it. No nation is immune from it. No nation can isolate itself from it."
-🇦🇬 Prime Minister @gastonbrowne at #WHA74
"This ignoble system of [#COVID19] vaccine apartheid must end and end now. Nations who have stockpiled more vaccines than they require must release them to those who need them."
-🇦🇬 Prime Minister @gastonbrowne at #WHA74
"Apart from releasing surplus [#COVID19] vaccines, the governments that now maintain intellectual property rights that prohibit wider and greater production of vaccines must act now to waive them."
-🇦🇬 Prime Minister @gastonbrowne at #WHA74
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"This [#COVID19] pandemic has made us more aware of our strengths & our vulnerabilities. It has also demonstrated how interconnected we are & how dependent we are on each other for our health as well as out wellbeing."
-🇿🇦 President @CyrilRamaphosa at #WHA74
"At this year World Health Assembly, we are urged to end this [#COVID19] pandemic, prevent the next one and build a healthier, safer and fairer world. This has to be our agenda."
-🇿🇦 President @CyrilRamaphosa at #WHA74
"We need to attend to the huge divide in the provision of #COVID19 vaccines to the people of the world. Millions of people in wealthier nations have been vaccinated while billions of people in poorer countries still wait & are vulnerable to infection"
-🇿🇦@CyrilRamaphosa at #WHA74
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"The first lesson we can learn from this #COVDI19 pandemic is that we can only succeed together. No country alone will save itself & will save the others. Every citizen around the world has understood that this pandemic is a global one."
-🇫🇷 President @EmmanuelMacron at #WHA74
"WHO has to be robust in times of crisis, flexible enough to be able to react to emergencies, and solid when it comes to controversies... France supports the reinforcement of WHO in its normative role."
-🇫🇷 President @EmmanuelMacron at #WHA74
"We must improve the funding of WHO to be more sustainable, more predictable & less dependent on several big donors. We should also study the proposals available to reinforce the independence of WHO."
-🇫🇷 President @EmmanuelMacron at #WHA74
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LIVE NOW: @DrTedros' opening remarks at the #WHA74 ⬇️…
"Lucy Nyambura is a health promotion officer in Mombasa City, 🇰🇪. When #COVID19 arrived last year, a strict lockdown was introduced, but it was met with strong resistance by the local community, who refused to be tested, isolated or treated"-@DrTedros #WHA74
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