"Wednesday’s announcement by the #UnitedStates🇺🇸 that it will support a temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for #COVID19 vaccines is a significant statement of solidarity and support for #VaccinEquity."-@DrTedros
"I know that this is not a politically easy thing to do, so I very much appreciate the leadership of the #UnitedStates🇺🇸, and we urge other countries to follow their example."-@DrTedros#COVID19
🆕 Joint Statement by International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) & WHO calls on the pharmaceutical industry to provide wide access to clinical data for all new medicines and vaccines.
#COVID19 shows that information & data are 🔑 to support:
🔸academics, researchers & industry in dev. vaccines & therapeutics
🔸regulators & health authorities' decision-making
🔸healthcare professionals' treatment decisions
🔸public confidence in deployed vaccines & therapeutics
To ensure public health interest, clinical trial reports should be published without redaction of confidential information. Both positive & negative clinically relevant data should be made available, while only personal data & individual patient data should be redacted.
"#Germany🇩🇪 has been a steadfast partner to WHO for many years, but especially during the past year.
And I have personally appreciated the strong leadership of Her Excellency Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany."-@DrTedros
"In my first week as Director-General in 2017, I had the honour of attending the #G20 Summit in Hamburg, where under Chancellor Merkel’s leadership, #Germany🇩🇪 put a very strong emphasis on health and emergency preparedness, years before #COVID19."-@DrTedros
The latest data from the State of World’s Midwifery report shows the shortage of #midwives is most critical in 8⃣8⃣ low- & middle- income countries where 9⃣5⃣% of 🌐 maternal/newborn deaths & stillbirths occur.
"Earlier today, the government of the #DRC🇨🇩 announced the end of the most recent #Ebola outbreak, three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.
I congratulate the govt, health workers, communities & all WHO staff who were involved in the response."-@DrTedros
“This has only been possible thanks to a concerted, comprehensive and consistent approach, using vaccines and therapeutics alongside proven public health measures, with empowered and engaged communities.”-@DrTedros
#COVAX is the vaccines ‘pillar’ of the @ACTAccelerator. It is driving #VaccinEquity by working to deliver at least 2 billion doses in 2021, with a special mechanism to provide access to vaccines for lower income countries.
The first international delivery of #COVID19 vaccines from #COVAX arrived in #Ghana 🇬🇭 in February 2021, with essential workers & other at-risk groups prioritized in the roll-out. Worldwide, over 49 million doses have been distributed so far.
Lower your risk from #COVID19 by combining these 5⃣ precautions:
1⃣ Wear a mask 😷
2⃣ Clean your hands👐
3⃣ Keep physical distance 📏
4⃣ Cough/sneeze away into your elbow 💪
5⃣ Open windows as much as possible 🪟
"In the last couple of weeks, much of the 🌍’s attention has focused on #India, and although that country remains in the grip of a severe crisis, we’re encouraged by the demonstration of international support for India"-@DrTedros#COVID19
"At the same time, we must remember that many other countries all over the world are still experiencing intense transmission. As you know, #Brazil is one of the countries that has been hit hardest by the #COVID19 pandemic"-@DrTedros
"Globally, the #COVID19 pandemic continues to intensify. Cases have now increased for the 9th straight week, & deaths have increased for the 6th straight week. To put it in perspective, there were almost as many cases 🌍 last week as in the 1st 5 months of the pandemic"-@DrTedros
"It’s pleasing to see small declines in cases and deaths in several regions, but many countries are still experiencing intense #COVID19 transmission, and the situation in #India is beyond heartbreaking"-@DrTedros#InThisTogether
According to WHO data, 6⃣0⃣ mass immunization campaigns are currently postponed in 5⃣0⃣ countries, putting around 2⃣2⃣8⃣ million people - mostly children - at risk for diseases such as #measles, #YellowFever and #polio.
Over the last 2 decades 11 countries have been certified #Malaria free:
🇸🇻 El Salvador
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates
The @ACTAccelerator, an unprecedented global alliance to develop & deliver the tests, treatments & vaccines the 🌐 needs to fight #COVID19, marks its first anniversary today with a special report on its progress & aims for 2021:
The @ACTAccelerator's vaccines pillar, #COVAX has successfully:
✅ Secured access to over 2 billion #COVID19 vaccine doses
✅ Shipped more than 40 million doses to 119 economies
To help all countries detect #COVID19, the @ACTAccelerator's diagnostics pillar has:
✅ Supported the development & use of antigen rapid diagnostic tests
✅ Procured 65+ million tests for lower income countries