WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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A new study by the WHO and a research consortium led by Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen, including almost 30 thousand migrants and refugees in close to 200 countries found that “people living on the streets and in asylum centers are less likely to seek care if they have symptoms of COVID-19.” WHO

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DATELINE: 18 DECEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, press room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"To better understand the impacts of COVID-19 in refugee and migrant populations, WHO and a research consortium led by Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen, has conducted a global survey called ‘Apart Together’. The survey was supported by several partners and included almost 30 thousand migrants and refugees in almost all WHO Member States. It shows that people living on the streets and in asylum centers are less likely to seek care if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Of those who reported not seeking healthcare, 35 percent said it was because of financial constraints, and a further 22 percent said it was fear of deportation. "
3. Wide shot, press room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Earlier today, WHO and our COVAX partners Gavi, CEPI and UNICEF announced that we have secured agreements to access 2 billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates. I would like to thank Canada and Prime Minister Trudeau for committing to share surplus doses of covid-19 vaccines. These unprecedented agreements mean that all 190 countries and economies participating in COVAX will be able to access vaccines to protect vulnerable groups in their populations during the first half of next year. This week I have spoken with CEOs of pharmaceutical companies and met with European Commission President Ursula and President Charles Michel in Brussels, to ensure that we start vaccination as soon as possible in the new year. "
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Kate O'Brien, Director, WHO Department of Immunizations, Vaccines and Biologicals:
"Most countries are likely going to have to use more than one product. And so, we do need multiple products in the marketplace. They do need to meet efficacy and safety and manufacturing standards. But most countries are going to have to be juggling more than one product and getting that supply security is really important."
8. Wide shot, press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
"I think governments, COVAX partners have been negotiating in good faith with manufacturers to make the best deals they can against what Bruce has laid out very clearly, against things like the profile of the product, the production capacities, the state of data available about the product and slightly performance and ultimately about the price of that product. These are complex decisions, and I think it could be very destructive for us all to turn this into some kind of nationalistic foot race to who does what. We all have to get there together. We simply have to finish this race in a line together."
10. Wide shot, press room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Vitorino, Director-General, International Organisation For Migration: "The number of casualties in camp settings, which was my worst nightmare, has fortunately been rather low, sometimes even lower than in the host communities. But that does not mean that there is no need for a specific approach to the vaccination when it comes to the people in the camps, because the camps are, well, you cannot have social distance in the camps. Let's be honest. People wear masks and that's very positive. But social distance is impossible. "
12. Wide shot, press room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme: "So far, we have no indication that there are any changes in the virus's behavior. But these studies are underway. And so that's what's really important, is that South African researchers as well as researchers in the UK, because, you know, there are other mutations that are identified in the UK... There have been mutations identified in other countries. There's a system in place. There's a process in place to evaluate each one of these mutations, each one of these variants, so that we understand what are their importance in terms of the virus's behaviour. And so these are studies that take some time to be conducted in the lab. And we have the mechanisms, the trust, the collaborations that are in place with the researchers in South Africa and in other countries to work on to determine if there are changes and what those changes mean. "
14. Wide shot, press room
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
"The more opportunity this virus has to spread, the more opportunities this virus has to change. So it's really important that we do everything that we can to minimize the spread now with the tools we have."
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17. Med shot, WHO seal on a wall

STORYLINE:

A new study by the WHO and a research consortium led by Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen, including almost 30 thousand migrants and refugees in close to 200 countries found that “people living on the streets and in asylum centers are less likely to seek care if they have symptoms of COVID-19.”

“Of those who reported not seeking healthcare, 35 percent said it was because of financial constraints, and a further 22 percent said it was fear of deportation," said Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General at the press conference in Geneva on Friday (18 Dec), presenting the global survey is called ‘Apart Together.’

He also announced that "earlier today, WHO and our COVAX partners Gavi, CEPI and UNICEF announced that we have secured agreements to access 2 billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates.”

“I would like to thank Canada and Prime Minister Trudeau for committing to share surplus doses of covid-19 vaccines.,” said Tedros. “These unprecedented agreements mean that all 190 countries and economies participating in COVAX will be able to access vaccines to protect vulnerable groups in their populations during the first half of next year. This week I have spoken with CEOs of pharmaceutical companies and met with European Commission President Ursula and President Charles Michel in Brussels, to ensure that we start vaccination as soon as possible in the new year. "

On occasion of International Migrants Day, the head of the International Organization for Migration Antonio Vitorino participated in the WHO press conference. Vitorino said “the number of casualties in camp settings, which was my worst nightmare, has fortunately been rather low, sometimes even lower than in the host communities. But that does not mean that there is no need for a specific approach to the vaccination when it comes to the people in the camps, because the camps are, well, you cannot have social distance in the camps. Let's be honest. People wear masks and that's very positive. But social distance is impossible. "

In 2017, the UN General Assembly declared the 18 December as a day to celebrate the role of the migrant and the contribution that migration brings to development.
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