'World Failing' On Covid, WHO Chief Says At Delayed Tokyo Olympics
Muhammad Rameez 15 days ago Wed 21st July 2021 | 09:50 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jul, 2021 ) :The head of the World Health Organization told Olympic chiefs "the world is failing" to stop Covid-19 as the pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 sports programme got underway on Wednesday.
"The pandemic is a test the world is failing. More than four million people have died and more continue to die. Already this year the number of deaths is more than double last year's total," Tedros said.
"The threat is not over anywhere until it's over everywhere. Anyone who thinks the pandemic is over is living in a fool's paradise," he added.
He said 75 percent of vaccines had been administered in just 10 countries.
"The haves are opening up, the have-nots are locking down," he said, adding: "This is the thing about an inferno, if you hose only one part of it the rest will continue to burn." Organisers announced eight more infections connected with the Games on Wednesday, taking the total to 79.
"The celebrations may be more muted this year, but the message of hope is all the more important," Tedros said, repeating his call to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated in each country by mid-2022.