Saving lives a “prerequisite” to saving livelihoods, say WHO, IMF Chiefs

Admitting that it was difficult to strike the right balance in a crisis that the world currently is going through, the WHO and IMF Chiefs insisted on Friday, April 3 that saving lives was a “prerequisite” to saving livelihoods amid the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Getting the COVID-19 virus under control first is necessary to revive the economic activity, said World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Kristalina Georgieva.

“The course of the global health crisis and the fate of the global economy are inseparably intertwined. Fighting the pandemic is a necessity for the economy to rebound,” the two Chiefs said, adding further, “Our joint appeal is that in one of humanity’s darkest hours, leaders must step up right now for people living in emerging markets.”

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