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2.8 Million Deaths and 131 Million Corona Virus Infections, Mostly in the US, Brazil, Mexico, India, UK, Italy, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Colombia, and Iran
April 4, 2021
As of April 04, 2021, 12:18 GMT,
World 131,488,182 infection cases, and 2,861,480 deaths.
A list of countries with the highest Coronavirus (Covid-19) deaths:
6 Italy 3,650,247 infection cases, and 110,704 deaths.
9 Germany 2,886,020 infection cases, and 77,502 deaths.
13 Argentina 2,383,537 infection cases, and 56,106 deaths.
14 Poland 2,438,542 infection cases, and 54,941 deaths.
15 South Africa 1,551,501 infection cases, and 52,954 deaths.
Peru 1,573,961 infection cases, and
WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 1 April 2021
WHO, 1 April 2021
This week, more than 25 leaders from the G20, G7 and from every region, united behind the idea of a pandemic treaty. I am pleased that more leaders are now joining the call for a pandemic treaty, which would be a generational commitment to keeping the world safe. There will always be new pathogens with pandemic potential.
One key aspect that should be enshrined in the treaty, is to a stronger health workforce which is the very essence of health systems resilience. This is the year of the health and care worker and we know that even before the pandemic, there was a shortfall of at least 18 million health workers. As we work to end the pandemic and recover together, health and care workers must come first.
Investing in the health workforce is an investment in women and youth: almost 70% of the global health workforce are women. In particular we must support countries with fewer resources to expand their workforce capacity and pay decent salaries.
The clock is still ticking on vaccine equity. We have nine days left until we reach the hundredth day of the year and the target of starting vaccine rollout to health workers and those at-risk in all countries remains in our grasp.
Global leaders unite in urgent call for international pandemic treaty
WHO, 30 March 2021 News release Geneva, Switzerland Reading time: 2 min (509 words)
25 heads of government and international agencies come together in extraordinary joint call
New treaty would signal high-level political action needed to protect the world from future health crises
The international community should work together “towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response” to build a more robust global health architecture that will protect future generations, world leaders said in a commentary published today in several newspapers around the world.
“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone,” the leaders say in their article. “The question is not if, but when. Together, we must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.”
The main goal of a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response would be to foster a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach to strengthen national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics. This is an opportunity for the world to come together as a global community for peaceful cooperation that extends beyond this crisis.
According to the article, the treaty “would be rooted in the constitution of the World Health Organization, drawing in other relevant organizations key to this endeavour, in support of the principle of health for all. Existing global health instruments, especially the International Health Regulations, would underpin such a treaty, ensuring a firm and tested foundation on which we can build and improve.”
The commentary has been signed by J. V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand; António Luís Santos da Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal; Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy; Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania; Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece; Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea; Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica; Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania; Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa; Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Kais Saied, President of Tunisia; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Erna Solberg, Prime Miniser of Norway; Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
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