The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, appreciated the efforts of the President of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, in tackling the contagious COVID-19 pandemic.
He then underscored the joint efforts made by both organisations together during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The European Commission and Team Europe have been a key partner to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in responding to the COVID19 pandemic as well as to other emergencies. I thanked President Ursula von der Leyen for her leadership and partnership”.
In some countries, experts have claimed that another new wave of the contagious COVID-19 pandemic is around the corner.
“Building a COVID19 local manufacturing legacy can save lives, create jobs and boost economies. WHO set up an mRNA technology transfer hub in South Africa, a collaboration between the government, local manufacturers, health agencies and academic institutions & the good news is that it’s working. Already the hub has developed its own mRNA COVID-19 vaccine prototype & is working with 15 other nations all across the globe – ‘spokes’ – to share the know-how & technology as one package so countries can jump-start their manufacturing,” the WHO chief further added.
The international health agency is focusing on bolstering the vaccination rate. Till June 26, there are a total of 5,228,254,693 individuals across the world who have taken their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now partially vaccinated, representing around 67% of the targeted eligible population.
On the other end, there are a total of 4,788,388,361 individuals worldwide who are now among the fully vaccinated individuals by taking their required number of the recommended COVID vaccine. This number of individuals computes for around 61.4% of the total targeted eligible population of the world.
WHO has also called on the countries to locally manufacture the COVID-19 vaccinations as it will save lives and boost the economies of the country.