October 18, 2021

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“Geopolitical maneuvers” delaying the end of the epidemic

"Geopolitical maneuvers" delaying the end of the epidemic

The WHO owner on Monday condemned the vaccination mission, in which he sees “geopolitical maneuvers” that will only delay the end of the epidemic.

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During his two-week press conference, Tedros Adhanam Ghebreas warned against any complacency in areas where the health condition was improving, but was “on an unacceptable level plateau”.

When asked about the methods of some countries, such as China or Russia, the Director-General said, “The only option we have is cooperation to end this epidemic.” Having trouble getting them, but with replicas.

“Vaccine diplomacy is not cooperation, it is a geopolitical maneuver,” he alleged.

“We cannot compete with each other and defeat this virus. If we are competing for resources or for a geopolitical advantage it will take advantage of the virus, ”he stressed.

“And if there is a conflict, it’s even worse,” he warned, noting that last year “the conflict has weakened the strategy to fight the disease” as clearly indicated to the Trump administration.

Apart from cooperation and world solidarity, there is no salvation “and for that we must appoint the virus as the common enemy”.

In the past week alone, the pandemic has killed nearly 90,000 people and infected 5.4 million, according to Dr. Tedros. The statistics are high due to the disease outbreak in India.

Even in countries where conditions are improving, such as Europe and the United States, and despite the vaccine campaign, it is already possible to get a good proportion of the population immunized, so we need to be vigilant.

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“We have already experienced it,” he recalled a good warning.

“Over the past year, many countries have reduced the number of cases and relaxed public health measures very quickly, and people have reduced their protection and as a result all costly progress has been made. Evaporated,” the general manager said.