WHO Boss thanks G7 nations for global vaccine pledges

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Photo taken in Brussels of Belgium on March 16, 2020 shows World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking at a virtual press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Photo taken in Brussels of Belgium on March 16, 2020 shows World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking at a virtual press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. More cases and deaths of COVID-19 have now been reported in the rest of the world than in China, the chief of the WHO said here on Monday, noting that a rapid escalation of the coronavirus cases has been seen in the past week. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

dpa/GNA – UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed that major economies of the G7 group are stepping up their support for the global Covax scheme that secures Covid-19 vaccines for poorer countries.

“Without global solidarity this virus cannot be defeated,” the World Health Organization (WHO) leader told the Munich Security Conference via videolink from Geneva.

Leaving poorer countries without immunization will allow the coronavirus to mutate, and vaccines will become less effective, Tedros said.

“We could end up back at square one,” the WHO chief warned.

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