WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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WHO's chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "WHO is calling for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September, to enable at least 10 per cent of the population of every country to be vaccinated." WHO

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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
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DATELINE: 04 AUGUST 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1.Wide shot, press briefing room
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"So far, more than 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally. More than 80 per cent have gone to high- and upper-middle income countries, even though they account for less than half of the world’s population. I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot and we should not accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected."
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"We need an urgent reversal, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries, to the majority going to low-income countries. Accordingly, WHO is calling for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September, to enable at least 10% of the population of every country to be vaccinated. To make that happen, we need everyone’s cooperation, especially the handful of countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines."
5.Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"It’s no understatement to say that the course of the pandemic depends on the leadership of the G20 countries. One month from now, the G20 health ministers will meet, ahead of the G20 summit in October. I call on them to make concrete commitments to support WHO’s global vaccination targets. We call on vaccine producers to prioritize COVAX."
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. Dr Bruce Aylward, Senior Advisor to the Director-General and Head of the ACT-Accelerator Coordination Hub:
"What we are calling for is, for at least the next two months, is a complete global solidarity around the goal of catching up the rest of the world to, in terms of its immunization coverage. So, the moratorium is all about, for those who decided they may want to use booster doses, et cetera, trying to put a hold on those policies until and unless we get the rest of the world caught up. Because we have to approach this as the Director-General said from the very beginning: We are in a pandemic - the entire world is in the middle of this and as we've seen from the emergence of variant after variant, we cannot get out of it unless the whole world gets out of it together."
9. Wide shot, press briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Kate O'Brien, Director, WHO Department of Immunizations, Vaccines and Biologicals:
"This is a really big decision about administering third doses to people who have already been vaccinated and it is incredibly important that we're clear about what the data are, that the data are strong in supporting or in not in support or whether or not those doses need to be administered. If we are not really grounded in that clarity we are going to be in a place where we have forever uncertainty about what actually should be done."
11. Wide shot, press briefing room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Kate O'Brien, Director, WHO Department of Immunizations, Vaccines and Biologicals:
"With more transmissibility of the virus, the need for a greater proportion of the population to be vaccinated in order to start to provide some herd immunity is needed. So this is a number that continues to be something of interest. We know that it's going to be a value, a proportion vaccinated that is going to be substantial. And those are really sort of questions that we can continue to look at. But what is very clear is that we should be advancing the vaccine programme in all countries to get well past where we are right now."
13. Wide shot, press briefing room



STORYLINE:

WHO's chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "WHO is calling for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September, to enable at least 10 per cent of the population of every country to be vaccinated."

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (04 Aug), Tedros said, "We need an urgent reversal, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries, to the majority going to low-income countries.

He also said, "So far, more than 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally. More than 80 per cent have gone to high- and upper-middle income countries, even though they account for less than half of the world’s population."

Tedros continued, I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot and we should not accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected."

The Director-General also said, "It’s no understatement to say that the course of the pandemic depends on the leadership of the G20 countries. One month from now, the G20 health ministers will meet, ahead of the G20 summit in October. I call on them to make concrete commitments to support WHO’s global vaccination targets. We call on vaccine producers to prioritize COVAX."

WHO's Bruce Aylward said, "What we are calling for is, for at least the next two months, is a complete global solidarity around the goal of catching up the rest of the world to, in terms of its immunization coverage.

He continued, "the moratorium is all about, for those who decided they may want to use booster doses, et cetera, trying to put a hold on those policies until and unless we get the rest of the world caught up. Because we have to approach this as the Director-General said from the very beginning: We are in a pandemic - the entire world is in the middle of this and as we've seen from the emergence of variant after variant, we cannot get out of it unless the whole world gets out of it together."

WHO's Dr Kate O'Brien said, "This is a really big decision about administering third doses to people who have already been vaccinated and it is incredibly important that we're clear about what the data are, that the data are strong in supporting or in not in support or whether or not those doses need to be administered.

She added, If we are not really grounded in that clarity we are going to be in a place where we have forever uncertainty about what actually should be done."

O'Brien also said, "With more transmissibility of the virus, the need for a greater proportion of the population to be vaccinated in order to start to provide some herd immunity is needed.

She continued, “So this is a number that continues to be something of interest. We know that it's going to be a value, a proportion vaccinated that is going to be substantial. And those are really sort of questions that we can continue to look at. But what is very clear is that we should be advancing the vaccine programme in all countries to get well past where we are right now."
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