What lessons have we learned from COVID-19 for future pandemics? | DW News

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The World Health Organization has urged wealthier nations to ensure equal access to vaccines for poorer countries.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “the pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it.” He was speaking at a summit of global health industry leaders in here Berlin, aimed at speeding up the world’s response to the pandemic. The take-up and availability of vaccines is especially low in Africa.

As the global death toll from COVID-19 approaches five million, health experts agree that countries must work together. They fear that vaccine nationalism can only prolong the pandemic.

The size and scale of the Covid-19 pandemic makes it a one-in-a hundred year event. Not since Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people has the world seen anything like it.

Today nearly five million people have died from the coronavirus. Almost fifty percent of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

But for low-income countries, that figure drops to below three per cent.

The World Health Organization warns vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic and leaves the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people at risk.

Britain for example has now vaccinated 71% of its population. It ended its COVID restrictions in July.

Contrast to that Ethiopia which has jabbed just 2.6% of its population.

Scientists say we are entering an age of pandemics. So many will be hoping the lessons from COVID -19 are taken on board sooner rather than later.

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