Success in the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection in the world depends not on the speed of development of the necessary drugs, but on equality in the distribution of these drugs in the world. This opinion was expressed on Monday, May 4, by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus at an international online donor conference, convened at the initiative of the European Union.
“The main measure of success will not be how quickly we can create funds, but how evenly we can distribute them. None of us can consider a world where some people are protected while others are in danger acceptable.”
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that several vaccines are currently being tested on humans in the world. At the same time, according to him, the results of tests of several therapeutic agents are already ready. After analyzing the crisis caused by the coronavirus, Gebreyesus stated that humanity is now “in a better position than ever before” to defeat COVID-19.
Earlier during the above-mentioned conference, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EU intends to allocate €1 billion to Finance international efforts to develop a vaccine for a new type of coronavirus.
The French authorities, in turn, announced their intention to allocate €500 million for this purpose, and the German government will allocate €525 million for the development of a coronavirus vaccine and €1.3 billion for strengthening the world’s health system.
According to the latest data, the list of candidate vaccines against COVID-19, formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), includes 83 drugs, among which 77 are at the stage of preclinical research, and another six are undergoing clinical trials on humans. Nine Russian vaccines were included in this list.
On April 22, it became known that a number of scientists believe that mass vaccination is the only way to overcome the pandemic of a new coronavirus infection.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to the international statistical office Worldometer on may 4, more than 3.5 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the world. 249 thousand people died. More than 1.1 million patients recovered.