WHO:There is a 'vast global gap' in funds needed to fight Covid-19

Hydroxychloroquine is not a solution and not a silver bullet

There is a “vast global gap” between funds needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and funds committed, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. He noted the WHO was only “10% of the way” to funding the billions of dollars required.

“The coming three months present a crucial window of opportunity to scale-up the effect of the ACT Accelerator for global impact,” Tedros told a briefing in Geneva, referring to the “Access to COVID-19 Tools” initiative. “ There is a vast global gap between our ambition for the ACT Accelerator, and the amount of funds that have been committed.”

Tedros pointed out that for the vaccines alone, over $100bn will be needed, which sounds like lot of money. “But it’s small in comparison to the $10 trillion that have already been invested by G20 countries in fiscal stimulus to deal with the consequences of the pandemic so far.”

However, he said he saw “green shoots of hope”. “It is never too late to turn the pandemic around,” Tedros said. The message is to “suppress, suppress, suppress”.

Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said the coronavirus was simple, brutal and cruel. “It’s brutal in its simplicity, it is brutal in its cruelty, but it doesn’t have a brain,” he noted. “We have the brains... we can outsmart something that doesn’t have a brain but we are not doing such a great job right now.” Ryan stressed that Brazil is registering 50,000-60,000 cases per day and in a situation like that hydroxychloroquine is not a solution and not a silver bullet.  

Мore than 19.92m people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 729,883​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.


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