WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

15-Jul-2021 00:05:19
In a new agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), "Germany will be providing 260 million euros in funding, specifically for the WHO in order to help to steer the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and above all vaccines,” said Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister of Health. WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
TRT: 5:19
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JULY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Various shots, Spahn and Tedros meeting
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (German) Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, Germany:
"This pandemic will not be over until it is over for everyone around the world. This is why we, along with the WHO support, and we support the WHO, but together we also support programmes to ensure that these vaccines are available in all countries and we do this under the ACT programme. And today we will draw up an agreement between the WHO and Germany, that Germany will be providing 260 million euros in funding, specifically for the WHO in order to help to steer the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and above all vaccines. As a country, Germany has decided to commit to this. We are also going to provide 30 million vaccines to third countries through COVAX and today I think we can say that we should be able to provide considerably more than these 30 million doses. This is our baseline and in the next coming weeks and months we should be able to provide more doses to share these with the countries in the world that need them most."
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"As you know, we have done the phase one and the phase one has shown some progress but there are also some challenges that has to be addressed and one of the challenges is what you mentioned, you know, access to raw data, especially the data at the start of the pandemic - the raw data was not shared. And now we have designed the second phase of the study and we are asking actually China to be transparent, open and co-operate, especially on the information raw data that we asked for in the early days of the pandemic. And we will be discussing with Member States on the phase two and hope Member States will help in guiding to address the challenges that I have already underlined among other things."
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"In any outbreak you go and understand the origins and we need to know what happened in order to prevent the next one. But there is the other part of it. Especially considering the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, the number of people who died and the number of people that suffered. Take the number of deaths alone - more than four million. I think we owe it to them to know what happened."
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"The (WHO Emergency) Committee has expressed concern that the pandemic is being mischaracterized as coming to an end when it is nowhere near finished. It has also warned about the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control. The Committee also expressed deep concern about the level of funding for WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19, which constrains WHO’s ability to coordinate the global response to the pandemic, particularly in terms of having the flexibility we need to move at the speed this virus moves. And the committee has called on all countries to support WHO’s call to vaccinate at least 10 percent of the population of every country by the end of September."
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
In a new agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), "Germany will be providing 260 million euros in funding, specifically for the WHO in order to help to steer the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and above all vaccines,” said Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister of Health.

Speaking to reporters today (15 Jul) in Geneva, Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister of Health said, "This pandemic will not be over until it is over for everyone around the world. This is why we, along with the WHO support, and we support the WHO, but together we also support programmes to ensure that these vaccines are available in all countries and we do this under the ACT programme.”

The German Health Minister also said, “As a country, Germany has decided to commit to this. We are also going to provide 30 million vaccines to third countries through COVAX and today I think we can say that we should be able to provide considerably more than these 30 million doses.”

He added, “This is our baseline and in the next coming weeks and months we should be able to provide more doses to share these with the countries in the world that need them most."

WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "As you know, we have done the phase one and the phase one has shown some progress but there are also some challenges that has to be addressed and one of the challenges is what you mentioned, you know, access to raw data, especially the data at the start of the pandemic - the raw data was not shared. And now we have designed the second phase of the study and we are asking actually China to be transparent, open and co-operate, especially on the information raw data that we asked for in the early days of the pandemic.”

He continued, “And we will be discussing with Member States on the phase two and hope Member States will help in guiding to address the challenges that I have already underlined among other things."

Tedros also said, "In any outbreak you go and understand the origins and we need to know what happened in order to prevent the next one. But there is the other part of it. Especially considering the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, the number of people who died and the number of people that suffered. Take the number of deaths alone - more than four million.


The WHO chief said, "The (WHO Emergency) Committee has expressed concern that the pandemic is being mischaracterized as coming to an end when it is nowhere near finished. It has also warned about the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control.”

He continued, “The Committee also expressed deep concern about the level of funding for WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19, which constrains WHO’s ability to coordinate the global response to the pandemic, particularly in terms of having the flexibility we need to move at the speed this virus moves.”

The Committee also called on “all countries to support WHO’s call to vaccinate at least 10 percent of the population of every country by the end of September."
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