WHO / HEALTH EMERGENCIES

14-Sep-2022 00:04:22
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / HEALTH EMERGENCIES
TRT: 4:22
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic.
We are not there yet, but the end is in sight. A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view. She runs harder, with all the energy she has left.
So must we. We can see the finish line. We’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running. Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work.”
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“Since New Year’s Eve 2019 – and every day since then – WHO has worked without rest to warn the world, and to give people everywhere the tools they need to stay safe, save lives, and keep societies functioning.”
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“We’ve shipped millions of masks, gowns, tests, vaccines and more to countries that need them, all over the world; Doctors, nurses and other health workers have relied on WHO’s guidelines to protect themselves and treat their patients.”
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“With our partners in COVAX, we’ve delivered more than 1.7 billion doses of vaccine around the world, and low-income countries have relied on us for three-quarters of their vaccine doses.”
9. Wide shot, press briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“We have supported countries to maintain health systems and services under pressure. We have fought misinformation and disinformation. And every single day, we continue to bring the world’s experts together to share the latest scientific knowledge, monitor trends, analyse the evidence and advise the world. That is what we will continue to do until the pandemic is truly over.”
11. Wide shot, press briefing room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“In Pakistan, we are continuing to support the government to respond to the floods that have affected 33 million people and damaged almost 1500 health facilities, leaving millions of people without access to health services. Even as the water recedes, the health needs are rising. Together with the Ministry of Health, we are coordinating the response to those needs, by leading an urgent assessment of which health services have been affected the most, in which areas.”
13. Wide shot, press briefing room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“We’re preparing for, and responding to, outbreaks of measles, cholera and malaria, and supporting treatment for respiratory, skin and eye infections, typhoid, malnutrition and more.”
15. Wide shot, press briefing room
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“The downward trend in the global monkeypox outbreak is continuing. But as with COVID-19, this is not the time to relax or let down our guard. This is the time for all affected countries and communities to keep doing what is working. Countries and health workers still need support to prepare for, to recognize, to test and to treat cases, and to prevent infections. We especially urge affected countries to share genome sequences, so we can better understand how the virus is evolving.”
17. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (14 Sep), Tedros said, “Since New Year’s Eve 2019 – and every day since then – WHO has worked without rest to warn the world, and to give people everywhere the tools they need to stay safe, save lives, and keep societies functioning.”

He added, “we’ve shipped millions of masks, gowns, tests, vaccines and more to countries that need them, all over the world; Doctors, nurses and other health workers have relied on WHO’s guidelines to protect themselves and treat their patients.”

The chief of WHO also said, “with our partners in COVAX, we’ve delivered more than 1.7 billion doses of vaccine around the world, and low-income countries have relied on us for three-quarters of their vaccine doses.”

He continued, “we have supported countries to maintain health systems and services under pressure. We have fought misinformation and disinformation. And every single day, we continue to bring the world’s experts together to share the latest scientific knowledge, monitor trends, analyse the evidence and advise the world. That is what we will continue to do until the pandemic is truly over.”

On Pakistan, Tedros said, “we are continuing to support the government to respond to the floods that have affected 33 million people and damaged almost 1500 health facilities, leaving millions of people without access to health services.”

He added, “even as the water recedes, the health needs are rising. Together with the Ministry of Health, we are coordinating the response to those needs, by leading an urgent assessment of which health services have been affected the most, in which areas.”

The Director-General added, “we’re preparing for, and responding to, outbreaks of measles, cholera and malaria, and supporting treatment for respiratory, skin and eye infections, typhoid, malnutrition and more.”

On Monkeypox, Tedros said, “the downward trend in the global monkeypox outbreak is continuing. But as with COVID-19, this is not the time to relax or let down our guard.”

He reiterated, “this is the time for all affected countries and communities to keep doing what is working. Countries and health workers still need support to prepare for, to recognize, to test and to treat cases, and to prevent infections. We especially urge affected countries to share genome sequences, so we can better understand how the virus is evolving.”
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