An alarming absence of protective equipment for health employees fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important risks in the battle to avoid deaths, the World Health Organization has actually alerted.
“The chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives,” WHO primary Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday.
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“Health workers in low- and middle-income countries deserve the same protection as those in the wealthiest countries,” he stated.
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Tedros stated the WHO had actually delivered nearly 2 million specific products of individual protective equipment (PPE) to 74 countries and was preparing to send out a comparable total up to an additional 60 countries.
“This problem can only be solved with international cooperation and solidarity,” stated Tedros.
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He stated he had actually advised the G20 countries to utilize their “industrial might and innovation” to produce and disperse the tools required to conserve more lives.
“We must also make a promise to future generations, saying: ‘never again’,” Tedros added.
The coronavirus pandemic has actually contaminated more than half a million people and eliminated over 25,000 worldwide, considering that the break out was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December.
“We’re only at the beginning of this fight. We need to stay calm, stay united and work together,” Tedros stated.
” These are awful numbers. Let’s likewise keep in mind that around the world, more than 100,000 people have actually recuperated, he added.
While establishing a vaccine will take a minimum of 18 months, Tedros revealed that Norway and Spain were beginning drug trials on Friday.
They are part of a 45- nation WHO research study that tests whether the COVID-19 viral illness can be treated with medications that were developed for HIV and malaria clients.
While the trials are under method, the WHO primary alerted versus utilizing any of the existing drugs on COVID-19 clients.
“The history of medicine is strewn with examples of drugs that worked on paper, or in a test tube, but didn’t work in humans or were actually harmful,” Tedros stated.
“We must follow the evidence. There are no shortcuts,” he added.