World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends press conference organized by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, caused by the new coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, July 3, 2020.Fabrice Coffrini | Swimming pool | Reuters
Deaths from Covid-19 fell to their lowest level in nearly a year last week with nearly 50,000 deaths, the director general of the World Health Organization said, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
Deaths due to Covid are on the decline in all regions except Europe, but vaccine inequalities continue to plague much of the developing world. Tedros said 56 countries have not reached the'WHO target to vaccinate 10% of their population against Covid by the end of September, adding that reported deaths were highest in countries with the least access to vaccines.
"C 'is still an unacceptably high level, nearly 50,000 deaths per week, "Tedros said during a Covid-19 briefing. "And the actual number is certainly higher.
Three countries - Burundi, Eritrea and North Korea - have yet to start distributing vaccines, said Tedros, noting that the majority of the 56 countries with immunization rates below 10% are in Africa. According to a September 30 WHO report, half of the 52 African countries with Covid vaccines have fully vaccinated 2% or less of their population.
Tedros said last Thursday that high incomes and middle-upper countries used 75% of all Covid vaccines developed during the pandemic, while less than 5% of the African populationgroin has been fully vaccinated. He called on wealthy countries on Wednesday to stop handing out boos of Covid ter shots to help meet the WHO target of vaccinating 40% of every country by the end of the year.
"Reaching 40% needs a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, which depends on political leadership and civil society " said Tedros.
Those responsible for the WHO has denounced the global rollout of Covid boosters for weeks in the hope of reallocating surplus vaccines to low-income countries and blocking the emergence of future epidemics and variants. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined the WHO Covid briefing last week to condemn global vaccine inequalities as "immoral" and "stupid", adding that low vaccination rates in the south of the world could fuel the vaccine mutation. resistant variantsof Covid.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid and 10 times more likely to require hospitalization for their symptoms. Unvaccinated people are also about 4.5 times more likely to catch Covid, according to the CDC.