Director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus while addressing reporters said “From the beginning, WHO has acted quickly & decisively to respond & to warn the world. We sounded the alarm early & we sounded it often.
We said repeatedly that the world had a window of opportunity to prepare & to prevent widespread community transmission.”
“We started our early press conference. People were saying the world will be tired of you if you’re making a press conference every day, but we didn’t mind. We wanted to make sure the world understands what WHO is saying.”
Speaking further Tedros said “WHO is committed to transparency and accountability,” hence the decision to “reconvene the Emergency Committee” on Thursday.
“It’s almost 3 months since we declared the highest emergency and that’s what was suggested by the Emergency Committee – to evaluate the evolution of the pandemic, and to advise on updated recommendations,”
Dr Ghebreyesus however expressed optimism that the fight against Covid19 will be won, and there is no giving up till the pandemic is completely conquered.
He said “We share the grief and pain of so many people around the world, and we share the hope that we will overcome the #COVID19 pandemic together. There’s one thing we haven’t done: we haven’t given up. And we will not give up.”
“One thing that we would ask is unity at the national level and solidarity at the global level. More than ever, the human race should stand together to defeat this virus.”
He adds that “I have said it before: this virus can wreak havoc. It’s more than any terrorist attack. It can bring political, economic & social upheavals.
But the choice is ours & the choice should be unity at the natl level. The choice should be global solidarity, standing in unity.
Globally, Over 3 million people have been infected by the virus with 220, 000 people now confirmed dead.