The war in Ukraine paralyzes the World Health Organization’s support for the Sputnik vaccine

Invade Ukraine by Russia immobilize process World Health Organization (WHO) to verify the efficacy Serum Russia against covid-19, Sputnik inused by many Latin American countries, which have requested international approval.

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusadmit it still They didn’t start Until the operation, at a press conference in Washington with the Secretary of the United States the healthXavier Becerra.

The team is supposed to do that lie iba a ir (a RussiaTedros said of the vaccine) a few days before the invasion, and there’s no way we can move forward now.” Sputnik.

The Sputnik in authorized in 70 countriesof between it MexicoAnd the ArgentinaAnd the Venezuela s BoliviaAccording to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (FIDR).

However, the Serum Sputnik It has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization, which means that in many cases a certificate of immunization with this serum is not valid for travel to Many Countries.

Tedros and Besira also talked about the situation in Ukrainewhere Moscow The invasion began on February 24, and the mechanisms for maintaining the work of the health system in the country European.

CEO Who is the He confirmed the occurrence of 103 attacks on health centers in Baghdad governorate UkraineThat left at least 73 dead and 51 wounded, including patients and workers healthy.

“The attack on health centers is a violation of directly international humane”, scolds TedrosWhich confirmed that the international community sent 180 tons of medicines to the country.

Tedros thanks the United States for donating vaccines

On the other hand, the responsible person Who is the He thanked the United States for its “leadership” in the fight against the pandemic, in particular highlighting its commitment to donating vaccines.

“His contribution to many Challenges healthy It’s really great. For COVID-19, the US contribution is the largest (in the world). “He did his best,” Tedros said.

The director of the international organization stressed that Donations of vaccines provided by the United States to countries around the world, especially in Africa, a region where 83 percent of Population Not yet vaccinated.

Tedros celebrated that the president’s administration Joe Biden It is “strongly committed” to the WHO’s goal of achieving immunization coverage for 70 percent of the world’s population.

In this sense, the secretary the health He asserted that the United States was “on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in the world”, with a donation of 1 billion Vaccines to other countries.

Tedros and Becera who used to face mask During part of the event for being in call With the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiwho tested positive for COVID-19, also urged Congress The United States to agree to additional funds to fight pandemic.

Republicans on Tuesday blocked approval of a package of 10 billion dollarsWhich, according to the White House, should be used to buy vaccines, dose from Strengthen s pharmaceutical against the virus.

“I’m sure that Congress This will be taken seriously, because the leadership of the United States is also motivating other countries,” stressed the person in charge of Who is the.

During his visit to Washington, Tedros did not meet with Bidenbecause the president was “too busy”, but he has a few words of thanks for the closeness of the American president to Who is the.

It was one of Biden’s first decisions when he arrived last year to White House The signing of an Executive Order to halt the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization, a process initiated by his predecessor, was Donald Trumpwho had also froze the funds that Washington contributes to this organization, considering it “biased” in its favour China.

Climate crisis, one of the biggest health risks

Both also agreed that in addition to pandemic COVID-19, and climate crisis It is one of the biggest health risks facing the world.

Besera warned that “the planet At risk, “who highlighted the commitment Biden To cut emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

According to the manager Who is theseven million people die each year from lung disease caused by pollution, and claimed that “the climate crisis is crisis healthy“.

With information from EFE

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