Countries should strive to cover 70 percent of their population with vaccines against coronavirus infection. Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated this yesterday, October 10th , 2022 at the 69th meeting of the WHO Committee for the Middle East, AMIT "Khovar" reports with reference to the press service of the World Organization.
He noted that "In order completely eliminate the pandemic, we need to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world's population, and this process should be completed by the time of the next meeting, which will be held in Germany next year. This can be done with the help of "big seven" and "big twenty". For this, we need 11 billion doses of vaccine,".
“We welcome your generous pledges to provide vaccines. Thanks But we need more and as soon as possible," said Tedros. He added that in practice the vaccines should be distributed through the COVAX initiative. But also, according to him, it is necessary to strive for their mass production at the expense of technological transfer to poor countries and give up intellectual property rights.
According his sayings, the world is now in a good position to end the COVID-19 pandemic. "But we still haven't reached the end of it, now we are in the tunnel and there are still many obstacles that will make our way difficult if we don't act carefully," concluded the general director.
The head of the World Health Organization proposed to conclude an "international agreement - a treaty or convention" to increase preparedness for such pandemics and strengthen cooperation in the detection of sources of new pathogens.
As of October 7th , 2022 WHO has received information on 617,597,680 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic and 6,532,705 deaths. From September 26 to October 2, the number of infections in the world decreased by 6% compared to the previous week, and the number of deaths decreased by 12%.