The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the second year of COVID-19 will be “far more deadly.”
Thus warning was issued by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General recently.
While issuing the warning, Tedros said: “we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.”
He however added that trickle-down vaccination is not effective in combating the deadly respiratory virus as COVID-19 has already cost over 3.3 million lives.
He said: “Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I’ve been pleased to see leaders & manufacturers working to: share doses with COVAX, make new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how and call for lifting trade barriers as soon as possible.”
According to the Director-General, lower-risk groups are now being vaccinated in a lot of rich countries.
He said: “I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX.
“Because in low and lower-middle-income countries, vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize health and care workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently.”
Tedros said only 0.3% of vaccine supply is currently deployed to low-income countries.
COVID-19 has killed a minimum of 3,346,813 people worldwide since its emergence in late 2019.