UN calls for global effort to develop affordable vaccines

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2020

"Our common commitment to basic measures such as cleaning hands and physical distancing can not be relaxed".

He added that several countries are starting to ease so-called lockdown and stay-at-home orders.

"But one of the best tools is also one of the most basic; clean hands."

Leaders from 40 countries came together earlier today to support the ACT Accelerator through the Covid-19 Global Response International Pledging Event hosted by the European Commission. "This was a powerful and inspiring demonstration of global solidarity", said the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom on Monday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday (May 1) welcomed the news that there are no more hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China, praising its people's "tireless efforts" to combat the pandemic.

The WHO chief said it will be unacceptable that some people in the world are protected while others remain exposed to the virus.

"That's very very welcome news to hear that there are no more severe cases, no more patients in Wuhan", said Maria van Kerkhove, an American infectious disease epidemiologist, and technical lead for the WHO's Health Emergencies Program at a virtual WHO press briefing here.

"But the truth is none of us can succeed alone to win this battle". "If we can develop a vaccine that is produced by the world, for the whole world, this will be a unique global public good of the 21st century", the appeal added.

The pandemic has infected nearly 3.6 million people worldwide and claimed 251,718 lives till Tuesday according to Johns Hopkins University data. Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme, also told the briefing in Geneva that contact-tracing apps can not replace health workers on the ground.

He said that while apps that update people on whether people have been infected near them or help with contract tracing can "enhance" the process, the countries that have tackled the virus got "more boots on the ground".

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