7:01 p.m.: UN Secretary General Guterres calls for more sensible distribution of corona vaccine
On the occasion of the World Health Summit in Berlin, UN Secretary General António Guterres called for a sensible distribution of corona vaccines and hoarding vaccines puts us all at risk, he said in a speech on Sunday evening. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “Deliver a lot more vaccine doses, especially to the most vulnerable countries”. This is the only way to bring the corona pandemic under control, Tedros said. “The damage that Covid-19 has caused makes it clear that we need a more stable global health architecture and political will at the highest level.” He calls for a “global pandemic pact”.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also spoke out in favor of more international cooperation: “Cross-border health threats must be combated across borders,” said von der Leyen in the video broadcast. “We need a global standard for health care.” Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said: “Let us now use the lessons we die in painful ways.” The CEO of the Berlin Charité, Heyo Kroemer, had previously spoken out in favor of more international cooperation. The global pandemic has “shown in a dramatic way that coordinated measures and an unhindered exchange of knowledge and know-how are necessary,” he continued.
Topics at this year’s World Health Summit include vaccination justice and health as a global good, as well as artificial intelligence in health care. The event, at which around 6,000 experts and experts from a hundred nations discuss global health care, will last until October 26th and can be followed online.