WHO: Poor countries continue to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths

Health workers wearing protective suits as a precaution lower the body of a covid-19 victim for burial at a graveyard in Gulu, northern Uganda. The East African country now has more than 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 60 deaths. /Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom has said that poor countries continue to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Speaking while addressing the Islamic Development Bank, which promotes comprehensive development in its 57 member states and among Muslim communities in non-member countries, Dr. Tedros said that COVID-19 is still raging, but people are dying at two different rates.

“In rich countries with high vaccination coverage, case fatality rates are dropping. In poor countries that don’t have access, both cases and deaths are surging.”

According to the Director General, the only way to solve the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 is to first solve the public health crisis and promote Vaccine Equity.

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has often been framed as a choice between lives and livelihoods; between health and the economy. But this is a false choice. The welfare of all sectors of society are linked.” He added.

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