At least 115,000 health care workers have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the chief of the World Health Organization said, calling for a dramatic scale-up of vaccination in all countries.
At the opening of the WHO’s annual assembly, the Director-General hailed the sacrifices made by health workers to battle the pandemic.
He said, “For almost 18 months, health and care workers all over the world have stood in the breach between life and death. They have saved countless lives and fought for others who, despite their best efforts, slipped away.”
He added, “Many have themselves become infected, and while reporting is scant, we estimate that at least 115,000 health and care workers have paid the ultimate price in the service of others.”
He said many health workers have since the start of the crisis felt “frustrated, helpless and unprotected, with a lack of access to personal protective equipment and vaccines.”