The World Health Organization (WHO) made an “urgent” request for $ 7.7 billion to stem the “surge” of dangerous variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and “save lives around the world”.
From the WHO they indicated that there are richer countries that have managed to implement “generalized vaccination” to be able to face the coronavirus while poor countries “are struggling to access these vital tools” for a “lack of funds and supplies”.
“Many countries are experiencing new waves of infections And, while many high-income and some upper-middle-income countries have implemented widespread vaccination, put in place more robust testing systems, and made treatments increasingly available, many low- and middle-income countries -low are struggling to access these vital tools due to lack of funds and supplies, “said the WHO through a statement released by Europa Press.
And they proposed “Investing in the ACT-Accelerator so that tools are available to all”Since“ it will benefit all countries through a more inclusive answer and coordinated worldwide ”.
Among his proposals, $ 2.4 billion would be earmarked to put all low- and lower-middle-income countries on the path to multiply COVID-19 tests by ten and ensure that all countries meet satisfactory levels of evidence.
“This will significantly improve local and global understanding of the changing epidemiology of the disease and emerging variants that are of concern, inform the appropriate application of social and public health measures and break the chains of transmission,” they argued.
About $ 1 billion would go to enable further market shaping and manufacturing, technical assistance, and demand generation to ensure that tests, treatments and vaccines remain effective against the Delta variant and other emerging variants, and that they are accessible and affordable where needed.
Another $ 1.2 billion would be provided to quickly address the oxygen needs to treat seriously ill people with COVID-19 and control the exponential increase in deaths caused by the Delta variant.
A total of 1.4 billion dollars would go to help countries to identify and address the main bottlenecks for the effective deployment and use of all COVID-19 tools. Finally, some $ 1.7 billion to equip two million essential health workers with enough basic personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe while caring for the sick, prevent the collapse of health systems where healthcare personnel are already understaffed and overloaded, and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
“$ 7.7 billion is urgently needed to fund the work of the ACT-Accelerator to cope with the rise of the Delta variant and put the world on its way end the pandemic”, Highlighted the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
And he concluded: “This investment is a tiny part of the amount that governments are spending to deal with COVID-19 and it makes sense from the point of view ethical, economic and epidemiological. If these funds are not made available now to stop Delta’s transmission in the most vulnerable countries, we will certainly all pay the consequences later. ”