The second year of the coronavirus pandemic may lead to more deaths than the first. The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus stated this on Friday at a briefing in Geneva.
“COVID-19 has already led to more than 3.3 million deaths, and we are on track for the second year of this pandemic to become more deadly than the first,” he said.
The head of the WHO called on the world community to use a “combination of measures” in the fight against the pandemic — vaccination and other steps in the field of public health. Calling on States that have large amounts of coronavirus vaccine to share with those who do not have them through the COVAX mechanism, Gebreyesus called COVAX “the fastest way to ensure equal vaccination.” COVAX is an international mechanism launched by WHO in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness. It supports the creation of production facilities and conducts procurement. Under the terms of the program, high-income countries pay for the purchase of vaccines for less affluent States. According to the plans, under the mechanism, 2 billion doses of vaccines should be produced and evenly distributed worldwide by the end of 2021.