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Opening remarks of @DrTedros head of @WHO to the #WHA73 today, some of which seem directed to the USA:
"For all the economic, military and technological might of nations, we have been humbled by this very small microbe.
If this virus is teaching us anything, it’s humility."
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"Six mos ago, it wld have been inconceivable...that the world’s biggest cities wld fall eerily quiet; that shops, restaurants, schools & workplaces would be closed; that global travel would grind to a standstill; that simply shaking hands could be life-threatening."
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"In less than 5 months, the pandemic has encircled the globe.
All countries have faced challenges in coming to grips with this virus, rich and poor, large and small.
Early serology studies are painting a consistent picture: even in the worst-affected regions,..."
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"...the proportion of the population w/the tell-tale antibodies is no more than 20%, & in most places, less than 10%.
In other words: the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus.
The risk remains high and we have a long road to travel."
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"But there is no single action that has made the diff.
Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not isolation, quarantine, hand hygiene or physical distancing alone.
The countries that have done well have done it all.
This is the comprehensive approach..."
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"...that @WHO has called for consistently.
There is no silver bullet. There is no simple solution. There is no panacea. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
It takes hard work, fidelity to science, learning and adapting as you go, and difficult decisions, of course."
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