WHO Continues to Supply Financial and Material Assistance, Training, Vaccines, and Research to Aid in the Eradication of COVID-19

At a recent media briefing on COVID-19, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “As long as this virus is circulating anywhere, it’s a threat everywhere. There are no shortcuts. WHO continues to recommend a comprehensive, risk-based approach of proven public health and social measures, in combination with equitable vaccination”.

Norway recently contributed an additional 15 million Norwegian kroner (US$ 1.7 million) to the WHO’s Mozambique branch. The money will help the government respond to COVID-19, with a focus on vaccination delivery

The World Health Organization has supported the delivery of 1.6 million antigen-detecting quick diagnostic tests to Indonesia in order to improve the country’s ability to detect SARS-CoV-2. The present cargo, which follows a previous WHO supply of 1 million fast diagnostic tests in March 2021, was made possible by generous contributions from the governments of Australia, Germany, and Japan, as well as the European Union. Cooperation between WHO and the European Union has donated critical emergency medical equipment to 78 hospitals across Sri Lanka to support the country’s COVID-19 response. High-dependency unit beds, finger pulse oximeters, oxygen, and related equipment, as well as other critical supplies, were included in the cargo.

The European Union has donated a substantial stock of COVID-19 protective equipment to the Maesot General Hospital in Thailand’s Tak Province, in collaboration with WHO Thailand and the Ministry of Public Health.

Fiji’s ability to care for COVID-19 patients recently received a significant boost thanks to the delivery of life-saving medical supplies via WFP’s Pacific Humanitarian Air Service, thanks to supporting from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and WHO. The consignment carried 15,000 kg of medical goods, which included oxygen, accessories, and protective gear.

A five-day training of trainers workshop for national and subnational rapid-response teams was recently held in Jordan by WHO and the Ministry of Health. With a focus on influenza, COVID-19, and other developing respiratory disease outbreaks, the course aimed to strengthen the country’s response to public health threats.

The WHO Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO/WHO) has held training workshops in Panama for health workers and community leaders on COVID-19 preventative strategies. The necessity of prophylactic methods such as physical distancing, the use of masks, ventilation, hand cleanliness, and vaccination was discussed, as well as how the virus is transmitted, its symptoms, and incubation time.

COVAX, which is co-led by WHO, continues to provide COVID-19 vaccination doses to countries in need around the world.

Liberia recently received the second batch of 96,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccinations supplied by the French government through COVAX, a joint initiative of the European Union and the French government.

A shipment of 302,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, provided by the United States, was just sent to Somalia.

COVAX recently delivered the third batch of about 1.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Egypt. Ambassadors from Canada, the European Union, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States met in Egypt to recognize their countries’ contributions to the delivery as a significant boost to Egypt’s ongoing vaccination campaign in the face of rising COVID-19 cases.

Syria just received its second batch of COVAX-assisted vaccines, thanks to Swedish assistance. The doses will be delivered throughout the country, including the northwest and government-controlled areas.

Through COVAX, Sweden has supplied 153,600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Bolivia.

COVID-19 vaccines are being delivered to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, one of the world’s largest and most densely inhabited camps. The vaccination campaign began on August 10th, with roughly 48,000 refugees being vaccinated.

The Maldives just received 112,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination from the Japanese government through COVAX.

300 migrant health volunteers were recently vaccinated in Bangkok by the Ministry of Public Health, WHO Thailand, and the World Vision Foundation of Thailand.

Seven countries from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have just enrolled in a new phase of the Solidarity PLUS study, which is testing three novel candidate medications to treat COVID-19 patients. Researchers and scientists from Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia are participating in the project, which is the largest global collaboration on COVID-19 research and development, with thousands of colleagues from 52 nations.

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