The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that Covid-19 deaths fell to their lowest level in almost a year last week when nearly 50,000 deaths.
fell back deaths from covid virus In every region except Europe, the developing world still suffers from inequality in vaccines.
Tedros said 56 countries had not reached the World Health Organization’s goal of vaccinating 10% of their population against Covid by the end of September, adding that reported deaths were highest in countries with the least access to the vaccine.
“The level is still unacceptably high, nearly 50,000 deaths a week. The real number is certainly higher,” Tedros added at a press conference on the Corona virus.
Tedros also indicated that 3 countries – Burundi, Eritrea and North Korea – have not yet started distributing vaccines, noting that the majority of the 56 countries with vaccination rates below 10% are in Africa. Half of the 52 African countries that have received COVID-19 vaccines have immunized 2% or less of their entire population, according to a September 30 World Health Organization report.
Tedros said last Thursday that high- and middle-income countries have used 75% of all COVID doses developed during the pandemic, while less than 5% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, he called on wealthy countries to stop distributing COVID-boosted doses to help meet the World Health Organization’s goal of immunizing 40% of every country by the end of the year.
“Reaching 40% requires a whole-of-government and whole-society approach, which depends on political leadership and civil society leadership,” Tedros added.
While WHO officials have denounced the global spread of Covid boosters for weeks, hoping to reallocate surplus vaccines to low-income countries and prevent future outbreaks and variants. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined the WHO’s COVID briefing last week to condemn global vaccine inequality as “unethical” and “stupid”, adding that low vaccination rates in the global south could fuel a boom in vaccine-resistant Covid variants.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die from Covid and 10 times more likely to need hospitalization due to their symptoms.