The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on G20 countries to train new medical personnel to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, share research data and refocus their production facilities on creating medical protection products.
“We are at war with a virus that threatens to divide us if we allow it. Almost half a million people have already been infected, and over 20,000 have lost their lives. The pandemic is developing exponentially without aggressive actions in all countries, millions may die,” he said, speaking to G20 leaders on Thursday.
According to him, the measures that the governments of the countries are taking now are serious, but they are not enough.
The WHO Director-General called on states to further train new medical personnel to identify, test and isolate possible infections on time, as well as to redirect their production capacity to the production of medical protective equipment, the lack of which threatens the lives of those who are fighting the virus on the front line. He also recommended that countries share their expertise and resources, work together, and do not block supply lines.
“No country can cope with this crisis alone. We are all together in this situation and only together can we get out of it,” the head of who stressed.