21.07.2021 – 14:06
The head of the World Health Organization today called on governments, businesses and citizens around the world to join “in the race” against covid-19.
“We are not in a race against each other, we are in a race against the virus,” Tentros Antanom Gebregesus told members of the International Olympic Committee. “For these Olympic Games to be successful it takes speed, strength and skill, but also determination, dedication and discipline.” he said.
At the same time, the head of the WHO criticized the inequality in the distribution of vaccines between countries, explaining that the pandemic will end if the G20 economies show leadership skills and there is a fairer distribution of vaccines.
“Instead of the vaccines being widely distributed, only a few lucky ones were vaccinated.” tha Tentros.
“The pandemic will end when people decide. “It is in our hands,” he said. “We can not prevent this disease, we can perform a test to detect and we can get the necessary medication.”
Above all, the WHO Secretary General has stressed that the Tokyo Olympics should be held normally to show the world that we can take the necessary measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place on July 23 amid doubts about their safety, as thousands of people from around the world are expected to take part in the Japanese capital. The growing number of cases in Tokyo has overshadowed the international sporting event, which last year had to be postponed due to the pandemic and will take place without spectators this year.
As of July 1, 67 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Japan.