"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
"The 🌍 must respond resolutely & in solidarity to stop [#COVID19]. World leaders must urgently step up with a global plan for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests & treatments. This starts with financing the @ACTAccelerator & its #COVAX Facility."
"We are at war with [#COVID19]. We need the logic and urgency of a war economy to boost the capacity of our weapons: the vaccines."
-🇺🇳@UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres at #WHA74

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28 May
Today the 74th World Health Assembly #WHA74 saw new resolutions on the health and care workforce and strategic directions for nursing and midwifery.
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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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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."
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"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."
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This is unacceptable."
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28 May
🏆 The 2021 Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion goes to @thaihealth!

Congratulations to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation on its stellar work around building healthier communities in #Thailand 🇹🇭. Image
Over 2 decades, @thaihealth has been promoting healthy lifestyles among people & helping WHO advance public health agendas in #Thailand 🇹🇭, incl:

✅ alcohol & tobacco control
✅ road safety
✅ disaster management
✅ healthy diets
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.@thaihealth's work has contributed to

🔸 a 2/3 reduction of dangerous alcohol consumption
🔸 improved workplace health at over 20,000 organizations
🔸 over 5000 disabled individuals getting a job

and many more.
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28 May
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 🇴🇲 Image
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 🇴🇲 Image
🏆 The 2021 Sasakawa Prize goes to Dr Wu Hao from Fangzhuang Community Health Service Centre in #China 🇨🇳.

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.@DrTedros, @GaviSeth, @DrRHatchett, Henrietta Fore @unicefchief issued a call to action to equip #COVAX to deliver 2 billion #COVID19 vaccine doses in 2021
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To enable #COVAX to deliver on the promise of #VaccinEquity, the following immediate actions are needed:
1. Fund the @gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment
2. Share doses, now
3. Free up supply chains by removing trade barriers, export control measures & other transit issues
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