This Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) released chilling figures of health workers killed by COVID-19. They estimate that the coronavirus would have killed between 80 thousand and 180 thousand health workers until May of this year, and insisted that they should be given priority in the vaccination campaign.
Of the 135 million health professionals around the world, “between 80,000 and 180,000” died between the start of the pandemic and May 2021, according to a report.
“These estimates come from the 3.45 million COVID-19-related deaths reported to the WHO in May 2021; a figure that, in itself, turns out to be less than the actual number of deaths “, the organization said in a statement.
“For that, it is It is essential that vaccination of healthcare professionals is a priority“, indicated the general director of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference.
“Data from 119 countries suggest that, on average, two out of five healthcare professionals worldwide are fully immunized“, he specified.
“But of course, this average hides huge differences between regions and economic sectors. In Africa, less than 1 in 10 health professionals has been fully immunized, while, in most high-income countries, more than 80% are vaccinated with the complete regimen, “continued Ghebreyesus.
WHO has called on all countries to ensure that all health personnel receive the serum as a priority against COVID-19, along with other groups at risk.
“More than 10 months after the approval of the first vaccines, the fact that millions of health workers have not yet been vaccinated is in itself a condemnation of the countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines,” said the chief. of this UN body.
In addition, Ghebreyesus again denounced the inequity of the drug and asked the states with sufficient doses to share them, while the international mechanism Covax accuses of a lack of sufficient vaccines.
“The G-20 countries have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion doses of vaccines to Covax. So far, only 150 million have been delivered. For most donations, we don’t have a timetable. We don’t know how many doses will receive Covax, nor when, “lamented the director of the WHO.