WHO: As long as Covid-19 circulates, everyone is in danger

Health-Facts: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has once again warned against lapses in the face of the new coronavirus as the pandemic has caused more than 15 million infections including nearly 620,000 deaths worldwide.

“As long as (the Covid-19) is circulating, everyone is in danger,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said again Thursday. “Just because the number of cases is low where you live doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Don’t expect someone else to take you to safety, “he told a virtual press conference from Geneva.

The Director-General called on everyone to play their “role to protect us and each other”.

“We have to remember that most people are still susceptible to this virus,” Dr. Tedros insisted even though he admits that the pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people around the world. “Many have been at home for months. It is quite understandable that people want to take control of their lives”, the WHO chief continued.

In the fight against covid-19, “No matter where you live or how old you are, you can be a leader in your community, not only to beat the pandemic, but also to build back better.” In this regard, Dr. Tedros recalled the commitment of young people in recent years, who have “led grassroots movements for climate change and racial equality”. “We now need young people to start a global movement for health – for a world in which health is a human right, not a privilege”, noted the WHO chief.

Separately, Dr. Tedros said comments questioning his independence would not distract the UN agency from its work to fight the coronavirus. “These comments are false and unacceptable and without any basis in this regard,” he said, in response to a question about the comments of the US administration questioning its independence. According to reports reported by the British press, Washington has accused the WHO Director-General of being “bought” by China. But Dr. Tedros said he knew the politicization of the virus was the big risk in the fight against a pandemic.