World Health Organization (who) indicated this Thursday that the pandemic of Covid-19 would have killed between 80 thousand to 180 thousand health workers, including doctors, this until May of this year and insisted that they should be given priority in the campaign of vaccination.
Of the 135 million professionals in the Health worldwide, “between 80 thousand and 180 thousand” perished between the beginning of the pandemic and May 2021, according to the report.
“These estimates come from the 3.45 million deaths linked to Covid-19 declared to the WHO in May 2021; a figure that, in itself, turns out to be lower than the actual number of deaths,” the organization said in a statement.
“For this reason, it is essential that the vaccination of health professionals is a priority, “said the director general of the who, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference.
“Data from 119 countries suggest that, on average, two out of every five healthcare professionals all over the world they are completely immunized, “he said.
“But, of course, this average hides huge differences between regions and economic sectors. In Africa, less than 1 in 10 professionals in the Health they have been fully immunized, while in most high-income countries, more than 80% are vaccinated with the full regimen, ”Ghebreyesus continued.
WHO calls on countries to vaccinate health personnel
The who has called on all countries to ensure that all health personnel receive biologicals as a priority against Covid, along with other groups at risk.
“More than 10 months after the approval of the first vaccines, the fact that millions of health workers have not yet been vaccinated is in itself a condemnation of the countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines,” said the chief. of this UN body.
Likewise, Ghebreyesus denounced the inequity of the drug and asked the States for sufficient doses to share them, while the international mechanism Covax accuses of a lack of sufficient vaccines.
“The G20 countries have pledged to donate more than 1.2 million doses of vaccines to Covax. So far, only 150 million have been delivered. For most donations, we do not have a timetable. We do not know how many doses Covax will receive, nor when “. lamented the director of the who.
With information from AFP
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