WHO says global Covid deaths fell to lowest level in a year last week

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  • Covid deaths are declining in every region except Europe, but vaccine inequality is affecting much of the developing world.
  • Tedros said that 56 countries are yet to reach the WHO goal of vaccinating 10% of their population against Kovid by the end of September.
  • Three countries – Burundi, Eritrea and North Korea – have yet to start distributing vaccines.

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World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that the Covid-19 death toll last week fell to its lowest level in nearly a year, with nearly 50,000 deaths.

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Covid deaths are declining in every region except Europe, but vaccine inequality is affecting much of the developing world. Tedros said 56 countries are yet to reach the WHO target of vaccinating 10% of their population against Covid by the end of September, adding that countries with the least access to Covid shots have the highest number of reported deaths. Huh.

“It’s still an unacceptably high level, about 50,000 deaths a week,” Tedros said at a Covid-19 briefing. “And the actual number is certainly higher.”

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Three countries – Burundi, Eritrea and North Korea – have yet to start distributing vaccines, Tedros said, noting that most of the 56 countries with less than 10% vaccination rates are in Africa. According to a WHO report on 30 September, half of the 52 African countries with a COVID vaccine have fully vaccinated 2% or less of their population.

Tedros said last Thursday that high- and upper-middle income countries have used 75% of all COVID shots developed during the pandemic, while less than 5% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated. He called on wealthy countries on Wednesday to stop distributing COVID booster shots to help meet the WHO’s target of 40% vaccination for each country by the end of the year.

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“To reach 40% requires an approach of the whole government and the whole of society, depending on the leadership of the political and civil society,” Tedros said.

WHO officials have condemned the global rollout of COVID boosters for weeks in hopes of reallocating surplus vaccines to low-income countries and preventing the emergence of future outbreaks and forms. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined last week’s WHO COVID briefing to denounce global vaccine disparities as “immoral” and “stupid”, saying that low vaccination rates in the global south may result from mutations of vaccine-resistant Covid variants. can promote.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die from COVID and 10 times more likely to be hospitalized for their symptoms. The CDC found that unvaccinated people are about 4.5 times more likely to catch COVID.

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