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Misguided to think pandemic is over, says WHO Chief Tedros at Global COVID-19 summit

ANI May 13, 2022

Asserting that the pandemic is not over yet, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on May 12 highlighted COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and requested the world leaders to continue to support all countries to reach 70 per cent vaccinations.

Speaking at the second US-led Global COVID-19 summit, Dr Tedros pointed out poor absorption of vaccines taking place due to vaccine hesitancy, adding, that insufficient funds and access have root causes for the global situation. "It is misguided to think pandemic is over. It is not over anywhere until it is over everywhere," he said.

Tedros underlined that one billion people in low-income countries remain unvaccinated. He also announced that the WHO will present a plan to strengthen global architecture for health emergency preparedness response and resilience at the World Health Assembly this month.

He requested the international communities and leaders for policy commitment to boost vaccinations, testing, and treatment in countries as well as called for investments in local production. Apart from US Vice-President, the Canadian Prime Minister and Indian Prime Minister also participated in the second Global COVID Virtual Summit on May 12.

The summit intends to galvanise new actions to address the continued challenges of the COVID pandemic and build a stronger global health security architecture.

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