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How hopeful: WHO warns of virus more deadly than COVID-19

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A message that is not at all hopeful is the one that the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros launched this Monday, May 24. adhanom Ghebreyesus, as he warned that we must be alert to a new pandemic more contagious and deadly than COVID-19.

“This is not the last time the world will face the threat of a pandemic. According to evolutionary estimates, a new virus will emerge that could be even more contagious and more deadly than the current virus,” stressed the WHO high command.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebretyesus also commented that the important thing is to draw the appropriate lessons from what we have experienced as humanity in these months of the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic.

“This is the time for bold ideas, commitment and leadership, to do things that have never been done. We have to choose an option: between cooperation, competition or confrontation,” Ghebretyesus commented.

“If the most backward are the first to receive help, if the weakest are the first to be strengthened and if the most vulnerable are the first to be protected, then we all win,” he stressed.

Uneven vaccination

The director general of the WHO also once again highlighted the slow and uneven progress of the vaccination process against COVID-19 in countries with fewer resources.

“So today I ask Member States to support a massive effort to vaccinate at least 10 percent of each country's population by September.” He added that the campaign's goal would be to vaccinate 250 million people in low- and middle-income countries within four months, including all their health workers.

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