The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated the dangers of thinking that the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) omicron mutation will be the last or that the world is at the end of a pandemic.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a meeting of the WHO Board of Directors, which began on the 24th (local time), which was scheduled for five days, “On the contrary, global conditions are ideal for the emergence of more variations.”
He said, “It is our priority to end the acute phase of the pandemic,” he said. We can end the global health emergency in Korea.”
“It is true that we will live with the coronavirus in the near future and we need to learn to manage it,” he said, but that does not mean “we are letting this virus do its thing.”
“We can’t accept that about 50,000 people a week lose their lives from preventable and treatable diseases,” he said.
In addition, he urged the Council to strengthen the functions and funding of the WHO.
Earlier, Director-General Tedros held a press conference with German Development Minister Svenja Schulze just before a meeting of the WHO Board of Directors and announced that Germany had become the organization’s largest donor.
However, Secretary-General Tedros did not comment on the specific amount.
The United States has previously contributed the most financially to WHO among WHO member states.
The U.S. has contributed between 400 and 500 million dollars a year (about 480 to 600 billion won), but during the time of former President Donald Trump, the WHO declared its withdrawal due to dissatisfaction with the WHO’s response to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). After taking office, President Joe Biden ordered a return to the WHO.
However, at that time, Germany, unlike the United States, announced that it would rather increase donations of funds and medical equipment to the WHO.
At the meeting, the Ethiopian ambassador to Geneva, Switzerland, where the WHO headquarters is located, was stopped while trying to criticize Secretary-General Tedros, Reuters reported.
On the 14th, the Ethiopian government accused Tedros of supporting the Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting with the central government, and spreading ‘harmful false information’ about the Ethiopian government, undermining the independence and credibility of the WHO. have.
Secretary-General Tedros served as Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia, but since he grew up in the northern Tigrai region, he has received suspicions from the Ethiopian side of supporting the TPLF.
Secretary-General Tedros denies these allegations.
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