WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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14-Jun-2021 00:03:12
WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "Globally, the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO has now declined for seven weeks in a row, which is the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far. While weekly cases are at their lowest since February, deaths are not falling as quickly.” WHO

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DATELINE: 14 JUNE 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Globally, the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO has now declined for seven weeks in a row, which is the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far. While weekly cases are at their lowest since February, deaths are not falling as quickly. The number of deaths reported last week was similar to the previous week. And the global decline masks a worrying increase in cases and deaths in many countries. The steep increase in Africa is especially concerning, because it is the region with the least access to vaccines, diagnostics and oxygen."
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4.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Available evidence suggests new variants have substantially increased transmission globally. That means the risks have increased for people who are not protected, which is most of the world’s population. Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines."
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6.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"At the G7 Summit on Saturday, I said that to end the pandemic, our shared goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by the time the G7 meets again in Germany next year. To do that, we need 11 billion doses. The G7 and G20 can make this happen. I welcome the support expressed by the G7 for WHO, the ACT Accelerator and the idea of a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response. And I welcome the announcement that G7 countries will donate 870 million vaccine doses, primarily through COVAX. This is a big help, but we need more, and we need them faster."
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"In G7 countries, high vaccination rates have helped to bring cases and deaths from COVID-19 to near record lows. But most countries continue to rely solely on the public health and social measures that have been the backbone of the response to date. Indeed, many countries have successfully kept COVID-19 at bay without vaccines, through the tailored and consistent use of these measures. Public health and social measures are effective against all variants. But the emergence of more transmissible variants means public health and social measures may need to be more stringent and applied for longer, in areas where vaccination rates remain low."
9. Wide shot, press briefing room

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WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "Globally, the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO has now declined for seven weeks in a row, which is the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far. While weekly cases are at their lowest since February, deaths are not falling as quickly.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (14 Jun), Tedros said, "Available evidence suggests new variants have substantially increased transmission globally. That means the risks have increased for people who are not protected, which is most of the world’s population. Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines."

He also said, "At the G7 Summit on Saturday, I said that to end the pandemic, our shared goal must be to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of the world’s population by the time the G7 meets again in Germany next year. To do that, we need 11 billion doses. The G7 and G20 can make this happen.”

Tedros also welcomed the support expressed by the G7 for WHO, the ACT Accelerator and “the idea of a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response. And I welcome the announcement that G7 countries will donate 870 million vaccine doses, primarily through COVAX. This is a big help, but we need more, and we need them faster."

He also said, "In G7 countries, high vaccination rates have helped to bring cases and deaths from COVID-19 to near record lows. But most countries continue to rely solely on the public health and social measures that have been the backbone of the response to date.”

Tedros continued, “Indeed, many countries have successfully kept COVID-19 at bay without vaccines, through the tailored and consistent use of these measures. Public health and social measures are effective against all variants. But the emergence of more transmissible variants means public health and social measures may need to be more stringent and applied for longer, in areas where vaccination rates remain low."
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