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Lifting COVID-19 restrictions too quickly, disastrous – WHO

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…Says China’s free on pandemic origins

DIRECTOR-GENERAL, World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that lifting restrictions too quickly could be disastrous for those who are not vaccinated.

  According to him, countries facing outbreaks of new variants like the so-called delta variant – which first appeared in India – about lifting COVID-19 restrictions too quickly, saying it could be disastrous for those who are not vaccinated.

  “We see a two-track pandemic many countries still face an extremely dangerous situation, while some of those with the highest vaccination rates are starting to talk about ending restrictions, These seven nations have the power to meet these targets,” Tedros said, looking ahead to the summit of leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.I’m calling on the G7 not just to commit to sharing those, but to commit to sharing them in June and July,” he said.

  Tedros therefore called for a massive global effort to vaccinate at least 10 per cent of the population of all countries by September, and at least 30 per cent by the end of the year that will require an additional 250 million doses by September, with 100 million doses in June and July alone.

  But he again called on rich countries to do more to battle inequality in accessing coronavirus vaccines following his recent announcement of WHO’s target of vaccinating at least 10 per cent of the population in every country by the end of September and 30 per cent by year-end.

  Tedros said to meet these targets, the U.N. needs hundreds of millions of vaccine doses in June and July and an additional 250 million doses by September.

  Similarly, the WHO chief yesterday said the global public health watchdog cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s origins, while adding it will propose studies needed to take understanding of where the virus emerged to the next level.

  Pressed by a reporter on how the WHO will “compel” China into being more open, director of the agency’s emergencies programme, at a news conference, he said WHO doesnot have the power to compel anyone in this regard.

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