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WHO demands $16bn from rich countries to battle COVID-19.

WHO demands $16bn from rich countries to battle COVID-19.

The World Health Organization has demanded $16bn from rich countries to battle COVID-19 pandemic, stating countries must pay up their fair share to enable them fight the virus that has become a surge in different countries. The World Health Organization had stated that the rapid cash injection into its Access to Covid Tools Accelerator could

The World Health Organization has demanded $16bn from rich countries to battle COVID-19 pandemic, stating countries must pay up their fair share to enable them fight the virus that has become a surge in different countries.

The World Health Organization had stated that the rapid cash injection into its Access to Covid Tools Accelerator could finish off Covid as a global health emergency this year.

WHO  tackles COVID-19 with COVAX facility.

The World Health Organization is ready to tackle the virus by producing and distributing equipment in a bid to reduce the surge, making vaccine available and compulsory for citizens.

The ACT-A gave birth to the COVAX facility is designated to make sure poorer countries could access vaccines, foretelling richer countries would selfishly hold on to vaccines coming in from production line.

The COVAX facility had earlier delivered billion of vaccines dose in mid-January. The ACT-A needed $23.4 billion for its program for the year October 2021-September 2022 only $800million have been raised.

The World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant made it more urgent to ensure tests, treatment and vaccines are highly distributed equitably.

He stated, “If higher-income countries pay their fair share of the ACT-Accelerator costs, the partnership can support low- and middle-income countries to overcome low Covid-19 vaccination levels, weak testing, and medicine shortages, science gave us the tools to fight Covid-19; if they are shared globally in solidarity, we can end Covid-19 as a global health emergency this year.” He added.

However, it was noted that only 0.4 per cent of the 4.7million of the Covid test which was administered globally during the pandemic period have been used in low-income countries.

The World Health Organization is working all they can to put an end to the Covid-19 surge.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

The WHO was established on 7 April 1948. The first meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the agency’s governing body, took place on 24 July of that year. The WHO incorporated the assets, personnel, and duties of the League of Nations’ Health Organization and the Office International d’Hygiène Publique, including the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Its work began in earnest in 1951 after a significant infusion of financial and technical resources.

The WHO’s mandate seeks and includes: working worldwide to promote health, keeping the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. It advocates that a billion more people should have: universal health care coverage, engagement with the monitoring of public health  risks, coordinating responses to health emergencies, and promoting health and well-being. It provides technical assistance to countries, sets international health standards, and collects data on global health issues. A publication, the World Health Report, provides assessments of worldwide health topics. The WHO also serves as a forum for discussions of health issues”. This section is culled from WIKIPEDIA.

 

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