Geneva, November 9th The 73rd World Health Assembly resumed on the 9th. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus once again called for global unity and scientific fight against the pandemic.
The 6-day meeting is a continuation of the WHO Conference in May. Affected by Coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was still held by video. The meeting will discuss some of the most pressing issues and emergencies facing the global health sector, including the still-raging Coronavirus pandemic.
According to WHO data, as of that day, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus worldwide exceeded 50 million.
Tan Desai delivered an opening speech at the meeting, once again calling for global unity and scientific fight against the pandemic. He said, “We cannot negotiate with it (pandemic), nor close our eyes and expect it to disappear. Our only hope is science, finding a solution and unity.”
Tan Desai said that as part of the global effort to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, the International Cooperation Initiative “Access to the Accelerator for Tools to Fight Against Coronavirus” coordinated by the World Health Organization is achieving rapid development of vaccines, diagnostic tools, therapies and fair distribution of such resources. Tangible results.
For example, according to an agreement reached in September, WHO will provide 120 million sets of new rapid coronavirus detection tools to low- and middle-income countries. In addition, the WHO has provided dexamethasone treatment to approximately 4.5 million patients with Coronavirus in low-income countries.
Dexamethasone is the only drug that has been proven to reduce the risk of death from Coronavirus. WHO has also worked with partners to support the development of 9 new coronavirus vaccines, and has facilitated 186 countries and economies to join the WHO-led COVAX global Coronavirus vaccine plan.
Tedros said that the Coronavirus pandemic is far from the only public health emergency the WHO is responding to. Since the beginning of this year, WHO has responded to more than 60 emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world has highlighted that people’s health, universal health coverage, and global health security are closely related to each other.
WHO promises to continue to advance its “three billion” goal, namely, one billion more people will benefit from universal health coverage worldwide, and one billion more people will be better protected in the face of health emergencies, health and well-being The improved population adds 1 billion people.
Tedros said, “The world has reached a fork in the road.” Although what is urgently needed is a vaccine that can control the spread of the new coronavirus, there is still a lack of “vaccines” against poverty, hunger, climate change or inequality.
These challenges are intertwined and cannot be solved in isolation. The whole world needs to work together. Unite for a common goal and a common future.