‘Inequity fueling a 2-track pandemic’: WHO chief

The defining mark of Covid-19 is a lack of sharing of data, information, PPEs, vaccines and other life-saving tools, the head of World Health Organization said.

“This inequity is fueling a two-track pandemic,” the WHO Director-General told the World Local Production Forum, which seeks to enhance access to medicines and health technologies.

Globally, newly reported cases of Covid-19 have declined for eight straight weeks, and deaths fell for seven weeks.

He added, “This is good. But new infections and deaths remain high globally. While a handful of countries have high vaccination rates and are now seeing lower hospitalizations, other countries in Africa and Asia are now facing steep epidemics.”

He said the health body and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub.

Two weeks ago, over 2.5 million cases and 64,000 deaths were reported globally.

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