UNITED NATIONS — The World Health Organization chief said Monday There are around seven or eight”top” candidates for a vaccine to fight the book coronavirus and work on these are being accelerated.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised a U.N. Economic and Social Council movie briefing the first believing two months ago was that it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine. But he said that an accelerated campaign is underway, aided by 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) vowed a week ago by leaders from 40 countries, banks, and organizations for research, testing, and treatment.
He explained the $8 billion will not be enough, and additional funds will be necessary to speed up the development of a vaccine, but more significantly to produce enough” to ensure this vaccine reaches everybody — (also ) there is no one be left behind.”
“We’ve got good candidates today. The top ones are eight, around seven. But we have over a hundred candidates.”
“We have good candidates today,” Tedros explained. “The best ones are around seven, eight. But we’ve got over a hundred candidates.”
— WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
“We Are focusing on the few candidates we have that could bring likely far better results and hastening those candidates with greater possibility,” he explained.
Tedros did not recognize the top candidates.
Since January, he said, “WHO has been working with tens of thousands of scientists all over the world to accelerate and track vaccine development by developing animal models to clinical trial layouts and everything in between”
Tedros said there is a consortium of over 400 scientists involved in diagnostics and vaccine development.
The WHO chief stressed that COVID-19 is”very infectious and it is a killer,” with over 4 million cases currently reported to WHO and almost 275,000 lives lost.
They are while new instances are falling in Western Europe Increasing in southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and other areas, ” he explained.
Tedros stated”that the Pandemic is teaching us many painful lessons,” particularly the importance of having secure national and regional health systems.
“And yet On present trends, more than 5 billion people are not going to access these essential services by 2030” — the ability to find a health worker, accessibility essential medicine, and have running water in hospitals, he said.
He Worried that as the answer to COVID-19 carries on; states must Lay the foundations for a healthy, safer, and fairer world.
“The world spends around $7.5 trillion on health care every year, nearly 10 percent of global GDP, but the best investments are in promoting health and in preventing disease in the primary health care level which will save lives and save money,” Tedros explained.
U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the briefing that most countries are”in it together,” but the immediate priority must be the most vulnerable communities and nations.
So their economies can recuperate, she called for a debt relief program for states.
And she said measures to safeguard and stimulate the economy, from cash transfers to credits and loans have to be targeted at women” who constitute the majority of those in the hardest-hit casual market, and that are in the forefront of the community response.”
The head of the International Labor Organization reported the U.N. agency quotes that the equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs will be lost around the world in the next quarter of this calendar year, which ends on June 30.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told the briefing that by contrast, just 22 million full-time jobs were lost immediately when the financial crisis hit 2008-2009,” so that you can see we are in a different location.”
Ryder said it’s also often forgotten that 60% of the international workforce of 3.3 billion have work in the informal economy, most of them women.
He explained the ILO estimates that in the first month of the outbreak, with lock-downs and economic shutdowns, “these individuals have lost on average 60 percent of the earnings, their earnings from work.” And they are concentrated in countries with scarce resources and the weakest protection systems, ” he said.
Ryder called to help those most in need and for stepped up efforts to keep businesses alive, retain jobs, maintain the link between enterprises and employees when they can not get the job done now.