The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Thursday, 6, that the region of the Americas remains “the current epicenter of the virus and has been particularly affected” by the disease. During a press conference, he said that worldwide, more than 18.5 million cases were reported and 700,000 lives were lost due to the virus.
“No country has been spared. Low, medium, and high-income countries have been hit hard,” he noted, recalling that only three nations reported more than half of Covid-19 cases, referring to the United States, Brazil, and India.
Ghebreyesus recalled that there is hope that one or more vaccines in tests will prove to be effective against the disease. In the meantime, however, he insisted on the need to adopt measures already known to control contagions, such as the use of masks, social distance, tests, and tracking of contacts of suspected cases. “We need to know what we can do today to save lives,” he commented.
Asked about the relationship with the United States, whose President Donald Trump announced that he intends to withdraw the country from the entity, Ghebreyesus recalled that this link is long and extolled the role of the United States in saving lives over the past decades. According to him, WHO continues to work “closely” with the country in the current crisis and hopes that the decision to leave the organization will be reconsidered.