WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for “a collective commitment” so that within the next 100 days, COVID-19 vaccination for health workers and those at high-risk in all countries are underway, adding that “Governments, manufacturers, civil society, religious and community leaders must come together to create the greatest mass mobilization in history for equitable vaccination." WHO

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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Close up, WHO emblem
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“Next week at the WHO Executive Board, I will be encouraging all countries to fulfill their pledges to COVAX. I call for a collective commitment so that within the next 100 days, vaccination for health workers and those at high-risk in all countries are underway. Governments, manufacturers, civil society, religious and community leaders must come together to create the greatest mass mobilization in history for equitable vaccination."
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:“Just as we look forward on research and rolling out vaccines, we continue work on the origins. We are pleased that an international team of scientists – distinguished experts from ten institutions and countries – are commencing their travel to China to engage in and review scientific research with their Chinese counterparts on the origins of the virus.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“I would love to be here saying there are other things we can do. All we can do is pick ourselves up and take the fight back to the virus. For those of you who have the virus under control, do not lose control. Look at what other countries are suffering as they have lost control of the virus. So if you're in a low incidence or a zero incident situation, keep it up. It is worth the effort. If you're in a, as many countries are, in a difficult transmission environment right now, there are no other options, but to do what you've done before.”
8.Wide shot, press briefing room
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:“This virus is controllable. Even these variants that we are seeing, having variants become identified because we have good sequencing that's happening globally and that's increasing globally. The fact that we are identifying variants that have increased transmissibility in some situations is not good. It doesn't help the situation. It makes it that much harder, but we still have control over this virus. There were increases in transmission and a number of countries before these variants were identified before these variants were circulating and that was due to increased mixing of people. There's no way around that. "
10.Wide shot, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“We changed our mixing patterns over the summer into the fall and especially around the Christmas and New Year holiday. The number of contacts that individuals had and their families had increased significantly over the Christmas and New Year holiday. And that has had a direct impact on the exponential growth that you have seen in many countries. Some of the exponential growth we've seen in countries is almost vertical. It's not even at a slant, it's almost vertical, but that doesn't mean we've lost the battle.”
12. Close up, WHO emblem

STORYLINE:

WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for “a collective commitment” so that within the next 100 days, COVID-19 vaccination for health workers and those at high-risk in all countries are underway, adding that “Governments, manufacturers, civil society, religious and community leaders must come together to create the greatest mass mobilization in history for equitable vaccination."

Speaking to reporters today (11 Jan) in Geneva, Dr Tedros said, “just as we look forward on research and rolling out vaccines, we continue work on the origins. We are pleased that an international team of scientists – distinguished experts from ten institutions and countries – are commencing their travel to China to engage in and review scientific research with their Chinese counterparts on the origins of the virus.”

WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan Executive stated,“I would love to be here saying there are other things we can do. All we can do is pick ourselves up and take the fight back to the virus.”

He continued, “for those of you who have the virus under control, do not lose control. Look at what other countries are suffering as they have lost control of the virus. So if you're in a low incidence or a zero incident situation, keep it up. It is worth the effort.”

Ryan added, “if you're in a, as many countries are, in a difficult transmission environment right now, there are no other options, but to do what you've done before.”

WHO’s Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said, “this virus is controllable. Even these variants that we are seeing, having variants become identified because we have good sequencing that's happening globally and that's increasing globally.”

She continued, “the fact that we are identifying variants that have increased transmissibility in some situations is not good. It doesn't help the situation. It makes it that much harder, but we still have control over this virus. There were increases in transmission and a number of countries before these variants were identified before these variants were circulating and that was due to increased mixing of people. There's no way around that. "

Kerkhove also said, “we changed our mixing patterns over the summer into the fall and especially around the Christmas and New Year holiday.”

She said, “the number of contacts that individuals had and their families had increased significantly over the Christmas and New Year holiday. And that has had a direct impact on the exponential growth that you have seen in many countries.”

Kerkhove added, “some of the exponential growth we've seen in countries is almost vertical. It's not even at a slant, it's almost vertical, but that doesn't mean we've lost the battle.”
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