WHO chief denounces ‘vaccine nationalism’ as COVID-19 infections increase


Rabat – Amid the resurgence of COVID-19[feminine[feminine worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns rich countries against isolationism and nationalism.

After its emergence in China at the end of 2019, the new coronavirus brought the world economy to its knees in a few months.

In the chaos that followed, countries rushed to close borders and fend for themselves. Each imposed the measures – strict lockdowns and masks, among others – that they deemed necessary to protect their citizens and prevent their national health sector from succumbing to the virus.

Meanwhile, policies like Trump’s ‘America First’ and perceived signs of fragmentation among EU countries as the virus grieved Spain and Italy have fueled suggestions for a comeback. or a triumph of nationalism in the “COVID world”.

With the worrying resurgence of cases around the world in recent weeks, after many countries relaxed lockdown measures, WHO increasingly begging governments to turn the page on their initial nationalist impulse to confront the virus together. The organization particularly targets its message to richer countries, with the aim of persuading them that their security depends on that of citizens of poorer countries.

Speaking by videoconference on August 7, as part of the Aspen Security Forum 2020, Head of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged the world’s advanced economies to act in a way that helps the global community beat the virus together.

“For the world to recover faster, it needs to get back together, because it is a globalized world: economies are closely linked. A part of the world or a few countries cannot be a safe haven and recover, ”he said. Of the race in progress for a COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccine, Head of WHO insisted it would hurt the global community if the world’s advanced economies refused to share potential doses with other countries.

“Vaccine nationalism is not good, it will not help us,” he said.

Africa in the spotlight

While the world fears what many are calling a second wave of infections, Africa has so far been surprisingly resilient. But the dramatic increase in infections in recent weeks has raised new concerns. It also rekindled the initial fear that the virus “brood‘On the mainland and cause untold damage.

As Africa surpasses one million cases this week, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti has called for more aggressive action from African governments. She also asked for help from the continent’s so-called development partners.

“The continent is at a turning point…. The virus has spread outside of major cities and has spread to the remote hinterland. Countries need to keep pace and urgently decentralize their main response services. We can still prevent Covid-19 from reaching its full momentum, but the time has come to act, ”she stressed.

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