WHO Director General Speeches [selected]
12 November 2021 Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 12 November 2021
Almost 2 million cases of COVID-19 were reported in Europe last week, the most in a single week in that region since the pandemic started.
Every day, there are six times more boosters administered globally than primary doses in low-income countries. To reach WHO’s target of vaccinating 40% of the population of every country by the end of this year, we need an additional 550 million doses – about 10 days’ production. Vaccines alone will not end the pandemic, but we cannot end the pandemic unless we solve the global vaccine crisis.
COVID-19 is not the only vaccine crisis we face. A new report by WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 22 million infants missed their first dose of measles vaccine last year – 3 million more than in 2019, marking the largest increase in two decades.
This Sunday is World Diabetes Day, and this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of insulin. One in every two people who need insulin for type 2 diabetes does not get it. A new WHO report finds that high prices, low availability of human insulin, a market dominated by 3 companies, and weak health systems are the main barriers to universal access.
Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process 11 November 2021
For 24 vaccine candidates, presents Manufacturer, Name of Vaccine, NRA of Record, Platform, EOI Accepted Status, Pre-submission Meeting Held Status, Dossier Accepted for Review, Status of Assessment; Anticipated/Completed Decision Date
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