A shocking imbalance remains in the global distribution of #COVID19 vaccines. Over 3.5 billion vaccines have been distributed globally, but more than 75% of those have gone to just ten countries. The haves are opening up, while the have-nots are locking down. #VaccinEquity
To deliver #VaccinEquity, my sister @NOIweala & I are committed to intensified capacity building & providing robust joint technical assistance to countries on #COVID19 health, intellectual property & trade-related matters.
Our global targets are to vaccinate at least:
10% of the population of every country by September
40% by the end of 2021
70% by mid-2022
To reach these targets & end the #COVID19 pandemic, we need 11 billion doses of vaccine.
Today it was my turn to get vaccinated @Hopitaux_unige against #COVID19. Vaccines save lives. It’s critical to get them to all counties A.S.A.P. If like me you live in a country where vaccines are available, please get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
To make vaccines available to all who need them, governments, manufacturers and other stakeholders must commit to share and produce more doses of #COVID19 vaccines to protect everyone. #VaccinEquity
Today is #InternationalNursesDay. Nurses have been at the core of the #COVID19 response providing life-saving care and, in so many heartbreaking cases, they are there in the last moments of a person’s life. To nurses everywhere, thank you for your tireless commitment!
Nurses provide essential care in so many areas of our health systems, but we also need their skills and experience in leadership positions, including in senior roles for developing health policies and designing integrated patient-centred health services. #InternationalNursesDay
The spread of variants, increased social mixing, the relaxation of public health and social measures and inequitable vaccination are all driving #COVID19 transmission. Therefore, we need to use every tool at our disposal to drive transmission down, right now.
Even in countries with a downward trend in cases and with the highest #COVID19 vaccination rates, public health capacities must be strengthened to prepare for the possibility of vaccine-evading variants, and for future emergencies.
My message to individuals is - every contact you have with someone outside your household is a risk. The level of risk from #COVID19 varies according to the type of contact, the duration of contact & the level of transmission where you live.
Was a privilege to address the High-level Emergency Meeting of African Health Ministers on #COVID19. @WHO will keep partnering with @_AfricanUnion nations to strengthen public health services & build capacity to generate vaccine supply to end the pandemic bit.ly/3twzTlW
The shocking disparity in global distribution of #COVID19 vaccines is a moral outrage, & economically & epidemiologically self-defeating. Of vaccines administered globally, just 2% have occurred in Africa compared to 80% in high & upper middle-income countries.
The pandemic has shown that #Africa cannot rely on #vaccine imports & must boost its own production capacities. @WHO will continue supporting the @_AfricanUnion to establish the African Medicines Agency to strengthen regulatory capacity and stimulate local production.
I welcome the report on the #COVID19 origins, which advances our understanding of this virus in important ways. The report also raises questions that will need to be addressed by further studies. bit.ly/3dePL6C
I thank the international & Chinese experts & welcome their recommendations for further studies to understand the earliest human cases & clusters of #COVID19, trace animals sold at markets in/around Wuhan, #China, & better understand potential animal hosts & intermediaries.
To understand the earliest human #COVID19 cases, scientists would benefit from full access to data including biological samples from at least September 2019.
As we fight the #COVID19 pandemic, we can build back better to protect future generations. We believe that nations should work together towards a global #PandemicTreaty for preparedness and response. bit.ly/3u6XIl2
A #PandemicTreaty goal would be to foster an all-of-government & all-of-society approach, strengthening national, regional & global capacities & resilience to future pandemics, including alert systems, data sharing, R&D, production & equitable distribution of medical products.
Honoured to speak with diplomats from over 100 countries to the @UN in New York on the #COVID19 response. I was deeply heartened by the strong calls for multilateral support, for @WHO and global health security. Solidarity is key to protecting health and saving lives.
If there’s one thing the #COVID19 pandemic has taught us in the past year, it’s that we are one humanity, and that the only way to confront shared threats is by working together to find shared solutions.
The most effective and strategic way to suppress transmission and save lives globally from #COVID19 is by vaccinating the most vulnerable people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries. Political commitment to #VaccinEquity is critical.
Pleased to address Parliamentary Assembly of the @coe's debate on #COVID19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations. I shared 5⃣ actions we need to #ACTogether on:
1⃣prioritize and protect the COVAX Facility and ensure vaccines are rolled out equitably
2⃣to #ACTogether in fairness: Excess of #COVID19 vaccine doses should be shared, or countries should suspend their rights to access COVAX doses, once they have vaccinated their health workers and older people, to allow other countries to do the same.
3⃣to be accountable: All partners must live up to the promises they have made and do everything possible to increase volumes of approved #COVID19 vaccines, including through increased production, technology transfer, and licensing. #ACTogether
I also thank the Chair of Committee A, Dr Bjørn-Inge Larsen of #Norway, and the Chair of Committee B, His Excellency Mr Mamadou Henri Konate of #Mali, for their leadership in managing a full #WHA73 agenda.
Thank you to all @WHO Member States for their flexibility, goodwill and pragmatism in adapting to the constraints of dealing with a large agenda virtually, across multiple time zones. #WHA73
Going it alone will perpetuate the economic and health crisis—for all!
The 🌍 is suffering but rays of light are visible. Several #COVID19 vaccines are in the final stages of their trials. Factories are producing doses, in the hope they'll receive approval. There's a chance that by the end of 2020, mass vaccinations could start for high-risk people.
“Vaccine nationalism” invites the same problems that were seen at the outset of lockdowns in March, when different authorities scrambled for masks, gowns & sanitiser. Once new vaccines, drugs & tests become available, demand will vastly outstrip supply & things will get worse.
.@WHO is launching a new #WearAMask challenge!
By wearing a mask, you are sending a message of solidarity and protecting other people, especially those most vulnerable to #COVID19.
Take a photo or a video of yourself wearing a mask, share it and nominate friends to do the same ⬇️
Let me be clear - masks alone will not stop #COVID19 - we must 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹: #WearAMask that covers your nose, mouth & chin
Keep physical distance
Clean your hands
Keep away from big crowds
Cover your mouth & nose when coughing
Last week I spoke to students graduating from @CUNY & today to graduates of the @Tsinghua_Uni School of Economics & Management.
My request: that wherever their careers take them, to work as ambassadors for our shared humanity.
Our world has been thrown into turmoil by a microscopic pathogen. #COVID19 has robbed us of people we love, & exposed political divisions and social & economic inequalities. It will shape the planet for decades to come & will shape the lives & careers of these young graduates.
My hope is that the suffering the world is now enduring will not be in vain. #COVID19 has given us a glimpse of the world as it could be. The question is, will we just go back to the way things were?
Today's graduates from @Tsinghua_Uni will be part of the global recovery.
I was pleased to join the @ioevoice Conference on Back-to-Work Policies yesterday.
A return to work should be done in a phased, controlled & cautious manner, otherwise it can put lives at risk & threatens to undermine our efforts to restore social & economic activity. #COVID19
I shared @WHO's guidance for the resumption of work in the context of #COVID19:
1⃣ Employers and managers, in consultation with workers and occupational health services, should carry out and regularly update their risk assessment for work-related exposure to the virus.
2⃣ Preventive measures, including decisions for opening, closing and level of staffing, should be undertaken based on workplace risk assessments and the compliance of workers and customers with these measures. #COVID19
The #COVID19 pandemic has reminded us of a simple truth: we are one humanity. Today I was honoured to join the @g20 Health Ministers meeting to express @WHO's gratitude for their leadership and commitment to combat the current crisis & ensure this never happens again.
I had three asks of @g20org health ministers today: 1. Fight #COVID19 with determination, guided by science & evidence 2. Continue to support the global response 3. Work together to increase the production & equitable distribution of essential supplies & remove trade barriers.
I also used the opportunity to echo President @CyrilRamaphosa’s appeal, on behalf of the @_AfricanUnion, to support African countries with stimulus packages and debt relief so they can focus on fighting the #COVID19 pandemic.
#COVID19 doesn't discriminate between:
-rich & poor or large & small nations
-nationalities, ethnicities or ideologies
Neither do we. This is a time for all of us to be united in our common struggle against a common threat – a dangerous enemy.
.@WHO is continuing to:
-study the #coronavirus
-learn from many countries about what works & share that information with the world
-bring together experts to exchange knowledge
-provide technical guidance
-ship medical equipment to countries in need
Since the beginning, @WHO has been fighting the #COVID19 pandemic with every ounce of our soul and spirit. We will continue to work with every country and every partner, to serve the people of the world, with a relentless commitment to science, solutions and solidarity.
#COVID19 is a new disease and this is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. We’re learning all the time & adjusting our strategy, based on the latest available evidence on how this #coronavirus behaves, how to stop it and how to treat it.
We know that #COVID19:
-transmits more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes
-can be deadly
We know that early case-finding, testing, isolating & treating every case & tracing every contact are essential for stopping transmission.
While #COVID19 accelerates very fast, it decelerates much more slowly. This is especially concerning for countries with large poor populations, where #StayAtHome orders & other restrictions used in some high-income countries may not be practical.
Today marks 100 days since @WHO was notified of the first cases of what we now call #COVID19 in 🇨🇳
Over 1.3M people have been infected & almost 80K have lost their lives.
This pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It requires a whole-of government & society response.
.@WHO's been working day & night to fight #COVID19 in 5 key areas:
-Supporting countries to prepare & respond
-Providing accurate information & fighting the infodemic
-Ensuring supply of medical equipment for #healthworkers
-Training & mobilizing health workers
Our focus has been on working with countries & partners to bring the world together to confront this common threat together.
We've been especially concerned with protecting the world’s poorest & most vulnerable, not just in the poorest countries, but in all countries. #COVID19
In this difficult time of #COVID19, it's more pressing than ever to promote a culture of peace with love & conscience. I hope everyone will try to do the right thing to champion diversity, inclusiveness & solidarity!
I strongly welcome the initiative by HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of #Bahrain, to establish #InternationalDayofConscience & invite everyone to promote diversity & inclusivity. #COVID19 teaches us that only together can we keep the world safe.
Governments, private sector, civil society & the @UN all have a role in building the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience, such as through education & public-awareness-raising activities. Access to good information is vital to the #COVID19 response.
The #COVID19 pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the 1st reported case to reach the first 100K cases, 11 days for the second 100K cases & just 4 days for the third 100K cases.
These numbers matter, these are people, whose lives & families have been turned upside down.
Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way of slowing down the spread of the #coronavirus and buying time – but they are defensive measures. To win the #coronavirus we have to attack as well.
We need to attack the #coronavirus with aggressive and targeted tactics – testing every suspected #COVID19 case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and tracing and quarantining every close contact.
They are doing their jobs, despite the jeopardy, stress & fatigue. We ask that you do yours: Follow the advice of national authorities and @WHO. #StayHome when asked, clean hands, cover coughs, physical distance. #coronavirus
#HealthWorkers can get sick when they lack protective equipment. @WHO is encouraging partners to boost global supplies of essential items. But each of us must maximize efforts to stay safe from the #coronavirus. By protecting ourselves, we are also protecting them.