WHO needs more than 23 billion USD to deploy tools to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

WHO needs more than 23 billion USD to deploy tools to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

WHO needs to mobilize more than 23 billion USD in the next 12 months to effectively implement the Global Collaborative Program to Accelerate Access to COVID-19 Pandemic Response Tools (ACT-Accelerator).

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: THX/VNA

WHO’s ACT-Accelerator aims to develop, manufacture, procure and distribute tools (such as vaccines) to combat COVID-19, thereby contributing to combating inequality in the implementation of these measures. problem globally.

According to WHO, the implementation of this plan could help prevent at least 5 million deaths.

In its statement, WHO emphasized that the ACT-Accelerator partnership of leading global health authorities needs $23.4 billion to assist the most at-risk countries in securing and implementing tools to combat COVID-19 from now until September 2022. This figure is nothing compared to the trillions of dollars in economic damage caused by the pandemic and the cost of stimulus plans to support the recovery of countries’ economies. WHO also said it will adjust the ACT- Accelerator to be more focused on addressing supply shortages in poorer countries.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that to end the pandemic, governments, manufacturers and donors must fully financially support the ACT-Accelerator to overcome inequalities in access to health services. vaccines, testing and treatment methods for COVID-19. “Full funding of the ACT-Accelerator is a global health security imperative for all of us – now is the time to act,” he said.

The theme of vaccine equity has become the focus of the World Health Summit 2021, which takes place in 3 days from 24 to 26 October. At the conference, the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that the gap between those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have not been vaccinated is increasing. While some countries have protected the majority of the population, in others less than 3% of the population has received a single shot. In Africa alone, only 8% of the population received the first dose of the vaccine.