The World Well being Group expressed concern on Wednesday concerning the rising variety of new coronavirus circumstances in poor international locations, at the same time as many wealthy nations have begun rising from lockdown.
The worldwide well being physique mentioned 1,06,000 new circumstances of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded up to now 24 hours, probably the most in a single day because the outbreak started.
“We nonetheless have an extended strategy to go on this pandemic,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised a information convention. “We’re very involved about rising circumstances in low and center revenue international locations.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, mentioned: “We are going to quickly attain the tragic milestone of 5 million circumstances.”
The WHO has come below hearth from U.S. President Donald Trump, who accuses it of getting mishandled the outbreak and of favouring China, the place the virus is believed to have emerged late final yr. This week Trump threatened to withdraw from the WHO and completely withhold funding.
Tedros acknowledged receiving a letter from Trump, however declined to remark additional.
Tedros mentioned he was dedicated to accountability and would perform a assessment into the response to the pandemic. Such a assessment was demanded by member states in a decision this week that was handed by consensus, though the US expressed reservations about some parts of it.
“I mentioned it time and time once more that WHO requires accountability greater than anybody. It must be achieved and when it is achieved it must be a complete one,” Tedros mentioned of the assessment, whereas declining to say when it might begin.
Ryan mentioned such assessments are usually carried out after an emergency is over.
“I for one would like, proper now, to get on with doing the job of an emergency response, of epidemic management, of growing and distributing vaccines, of bettering our surveillance, of saving lives and distributing important PPE to staff and discovering medical oxygen for folks in fragile settings, decreasing the impression of this illness on refugees and migrants,” he mentioned.
Tedros mentioned he had lengthy been searching for different sources of funding for the WHO, saying its $2.three billion price range was “very, very small” for a worldwide company, round that of a medium sized hospital within the developed world.
In feedback that might additional annoy Trump, Ryan, mentioned folks ought to keep away from utilizing the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine to deal with or forestall coronavirus an infection, besides as a part of a medical trial to review it.
Trump has mentioned he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to forestall coronavirus an infection.
“At this stage, (neither) hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine have been as but discovered to be efficient within the therapy of COVID-19 nor within the prophylaxis towards coming down with the illness,” Ryan mentioned. “Actually, the alternative, in that warnings have been issued by many authorities relating to the potential unintended effects of the drug.”
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