Geneva, 17 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The global number of newly reported coronavirus cases has fallen for the second week in a row, reported the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.
However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, warned about becoming overly optimistic.
“There is a huge disconnect growing where, in some countries with the highest vaccination rates, there appears to be a mindset that the Covid-19 pandemic is over, while others are experiencing huge waves of infection,” he warned, without providing specific weekly data.
He said the pandemic would not be over until it had been beaten everywhere and called on pharmaceutical companies to show more flexibility in the interest of getting more doses delivered to poor countries now, and not to wait until the second half of this year or even 2022.
Tedros also said manufacturers should release countries from contracts that prohibit them from transferring doses to others if the country’s goal is to donate the medicine to other countries.
COVAX, an initiative started by the WHO to distribute vaccine doses to poorer countries, has so far helped to bring 65 million doses to 124 countries. Tedros says he hopes to have distributed 190 million doses by the end of June.