A vaccine is needed to effectively tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the World Health Organization(WHO).
WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom stated this on Friday in a press statement published on the organisation’s website on Friday.
“It’s clear that to bring COVID-19 under control, and to save lives, we need effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics – in unprecedented quantities and at unprecedented speed,” he stated.
He cited the role played by availability of a vaccine to have been the force behind the containment of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He maintained that until a Covid-19 vaccine was out, the chances of patients not dying from the virus were slim.
“Many of the same public health measures that have been successful in stopping Ebola – like case-finding, isolation, testing, contact tracing and respectful care – are the same measures that countries are now deploying against COVID-19.
“But we have also had a tool in the fight against Ebola that we do not yet have for COVID-19: an effective vaccine.
“Without it, there is no doubt we would have had more cases, and more deaths,” he stated.
Furthermore, he lauded the “Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator” – a global initiative, co-launched by Melinda Gates and
France President, Emmanuel Macron.
He said the funds donated to the initiative would help in the equitable distribution of vaccines globally, when it eventually comes out.
Meanwhile, he advised that access to all health equipment, aside vaccines, should not be denied anyone.
“And it’s clear that because all people are at risk of COVID-19, all people should have access to all the tools to prevent, detect and treat it – not only those who can afford to pay for them,” he said.
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