Sign of Hope: WHO says there is a gradual decrease in COVID-19 deaths

WHO said 56 countries failed to reach their objective of immunizing 10% of their population due to the uneven vaccine distribution and vaccine hoarding.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the number of deaths per week caused by COVID-19 continues to decline and now stands at 50,000, the lowest amount in almost a year.

The WHO's director-general, however, warned on Wednesday that the figure remains unacceptable. He said that the true figure could be higher, as there are deaths from the virus that go uncounted by health officials in numerous nations.

On the other hand, he expressed concern that 56 nations that do not have access to the coronavirus vaccine market were unable to meet the goal of immunizing 10% of their population by the end of September.

According to a recent document from the United Nations (UN), the majority of these countries are located on the African continent. More countries than those listed are at risk of failing to reach the objective of vaccinating 40% of their population by the end of the year, according to the report.

In Africa, countries like Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia do not have even 1% of their people vaccinated, while Tanzania and Nigeria barely do.

Morocco is at the top of the list, with 56.1 percent of its people vaccinated, followed by Cape Verde (30.2 percent), and South Africa (17.4%).

The United States, with more than 720,000 fatalities since the start of the pandemic, Brazil, with more than 600,000, and India, with more than 450,000, are the nations with the greatest COVID-19 mortality.

Publish : 2021-10-18 11:12:00

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