Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a firm warning that global solidarity is required to battle the pandemic during his keynote address of the ‘Virtual Health Forum’
The novel coronavirus pandemic is still spreading with her effects likely to be felt for decades, the World Health Organization’s director-general told an online conference on Monday.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the Dubai forum that the greatest threat facing the world today, was not the virus itself, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership”.
“The politicisation of the pandemic has exacerbated it. None of us is safe until all of us are safe,” Dr. Tedros said.
According to the World Health Organisation-WHO, the world had now reached a dangerous phase of the pandemic, with people tiring of lockdowns despite COVID-19’s rapid spread. The lockdowns that were imposed to halt the spread of the virus have caused crippling economic damage.
“We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis, and in many countries a political crisis,” Dr. Tedros told the online forum, adding that the coronavirus effects, “will be felt for decades to come.”