With efforts to stem the pandemic taking precedence over every activity across the globe, the World Health Organization has urged countries to work in unison in efforts to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom has urged for solidarity that he deemed to be essential in the quest to eradicate the virus.
The WHO Chief compared the fight against the pandemic to an instrumental ensemble which incorporates various talents to produce the best melody.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom said, “Like an orchestra, we need all instruments to be played in harmony to create music that everyone enjoys.”
He added, “One or two instruments playing by themselves just won’t suffice when the world is waiting and listening intently. We will work to bring the band together, to promote science, solutions and solidarity because we believe to our core that we do it best, when we do it together.”
Speaking about priority once the vaccine is made available, Dr. Tedros called for the prioritization of the people most at risk.
He said “consideration will be given to countries in relation to threat and vulnerability” highlighting frontline health workers and persons aged 65 years and over as high-risk groups.