Coronavirus outbreak: WHO calls for COVID-19 vaccines to be classified as global public goods | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed efforts by World Health Assembly member states to lift barriers to universal access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics after concluding a “very productive” meeting with the World Health Assembly.

Tedros said it has to be a priority to ensure a fair distribution of all essential health technologies needed to fight COVID-19 and said that vaccines for the disease should be classified as global public goods for health in order to bring the pandemic to an end.

He also said that the COVID-19 information collaboration platform proposed by Costa Rica will be launched on May 29.

Tedros sent thoughts and prayers to people affected by Cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh and said that WHO continues to offer support for both countries to tackle COVID-19 and the effects of the super cyclone.

Nearly 106,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day rise in cases since the pandemic started.

The director-general said two-thirds of the cases were reported from only four countries, and added that “we still have a long way to go in this pandemic.”

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