Michael Shields and Ludwig Burger
Geneva (Reuters)-World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adnan Gibriasus said on Thursday that if any COVID-19 vaccine is made available to everyone as a public good, the world economy Recovery may be faster.
Under the auspices of the NBC network, he is having an online panel discussion with members of the Aspen Security Forum in the United States.
Tedros said: “Sharing vaccines or sharing other tools can actually help the world recover together. Economic recovery can be faster, and COVID-19 can cause less damage.”
He said: “Vaccine nationalism is not good, and it will not help us.”
Tedros said on Monday that although the coronavirus is the biggest health emergency since the beginning of the 20th century, the international vaccine competition is also “unprecedented”.
He said at the forum on Thursday: “We must seize this moment and unite in national and global unity to control COVID-19.” “Unless we are all safe, no country will be safe.”
The WHO Director of Emergency Situations Michael Ryan (Michael Ryan) was asked about the proposed Russian vaccine recommendations and told the panel that trial data is needed to ensure that any vaccine is safe and effective.
Ryan also said that the authorities should be able to prove the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine through traditional clinical trials rather than “human challenge” studies.
He was referring to intentionally exposing vaccinated volunteers to the virus to see if the vaccine is effective.
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States may be vaccinated against the coronavirus before the November 3 election. This prediction is more optimistic than the timetable proposed by his own White House health experts.
Trump accused the WHO of becoming China’s a. During the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of last year, the coronavirus outbreak broke out in China for the first time and notified the United States that it would withdraw from the agency in a year.
The United States is the WHO’s largest overall contributor. As of the end of 2019, funding for the 2018-19 biennium has exceeded US$800 million.
But Tedros denied the WHO’s answer to China or any other country. He told the panel that the main loss of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Geneva-based agency would not be a financial loss.
“The problem is not money, not financing…, it is actually the relationship with the United States, which is more important to the World Health Organization-vacancies rather than finances. We hope that the United States can reconsider its position.” He said.
(Reporting by Michael Shields and Ludwig Burger; Editing by Mark Heinrich)