By Oisin Sweeney • 17 November 2020 • 21:48
The Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) says he is ‘extremely concerned’ about a surge in Covid-19 cases, particularly in Europe and America.
Dr Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus told a press conference that ‘this is not the time for complacency’ despite ‘encouraging news about Covid-19 vaccines.’ He said he felt ‘cautiously optimistic about the potential for new tools to arrive in the coming months’.
However, he added that health systems worldwide are being ‘pushed to their breaking point’. The WHO have dispatched 150 teams to assist countries across the globe in their emergency responses to ensure that there are adequate staff, resources, and hospital beds for Coronavirus patients.
This comes as a number of pharmaceutical producers have announced they have made breakthroughs with vaccines. Within hours of US company Moderna announcing they’d made a vaccine with a 94.5% success rate, the UK purchased 5 million doses. However, this would only reach 2.5 million Brits as it requires users to take two doses. Britain has also bought 40 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, which has a 90% success rate.
Meanwhile, Spain has announced that the government plans to have 20 million doses of Pfizer’s product by early 2021, enough to immunise 10 million citizens.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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