On the advice of the Emergency Committee concerning Covid-19 of the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on July 31, the President of the WHO recalled the urgency of this pandemic to the international community. He also assured that the “response must be part of a long term strategy”.
No silver bullet
Will we have to learn to live with Covid-19? This could be the case according to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). During an online press conference, he dampened the hopes of optimists who believe in the imminent discovery of a vaccine against this coronavirus which has already killed at least 694,715 people around the world. “There is no silver bullet and maybe there never will be,” he said. Clinical trials give us hope. This does not necessarily mean that we will have an effective vaccine, especially overnight. ”
The director’s speech goes against the declarations of laboratories which ensure that they are taking giant steps in order to garner more financial support. However, these statements stayed in line with his previous statements, where he called on all countries not to relax their efforts to contain the pandemic. “[This crisis] will probably last a long time,” he said as the 4th meeting of the Covid-19 Emergency Committee within the WHO, unanimously agreeing that the epidemic was still a public health emergency of international concern.
Faced with this crisis, the effects of which “will be felt for decades”, there is only one solution for the moment: maintain barrier gestures as well as global cooperation.
Call for more multilateralism despite the international divide
Faced with this collective challenge, the director of WHO called on certain countries to reconsider their reopening plans. “Many countries that believed the worst was over are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some countries that were less affected in the first few weeks are now seeing the number of cases and deaths increase,” Dr. Tedros said. “And some countries have managed to control large outbreaks. ” A remark which could revive the accusations of pro-Chinese favoritism of the director general of the organization as well as the failures of the WHO.
Certain investigations have shed light on the links between the current director general of the WHO and the Chinese regime, but also that the WHO was only belatedly alerted by China because the latter tried to hide the seriousness of the epidemic, which appeared on its territory. Suspicions, which precipitated a war of Sino-American influence. In early July, the United States, the organization’s leading economic power and main financial contributor, left the WHO.
Despite this tense international atmosphere, the WHO Emergency Committee recommended in particular to continue to fight this pandemic on a global scale in the long term through multilateralism, as well as to fund research and “the equitable distribution of tools”, diagnostics, treatments and vaccines”.
This Monday, August 3, according to Johns Hopkins University, 18 million cases of covid-19 have been officially identified worldwide, including 694,715 deaths, the United States would be the most contaminated and bereaved country in the world.
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