‘Vast global gap’ in funds to fight coronavirus as WHO warns of new flareups


There is a “vast global gap” between funds needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and funds committed, World Health Organization managing director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday, August 10.

“The coming three months present a crucial window of opportunity to scale out the impact of the ACT accelerator for global impact,” Tedros told a media briefing in Geneva, referring to the “Access to COVID-19 Tools”.

“However to exploit this window, we have to fundamentally scale up the way we are funding the ACT Accelerator and prioritise the use of new tools. There is a vast global gap between our ambition for the ACT accelerator, and the amount of funds that have been committed.”

He said the WHO was only “10 per cent of the way” to funding the billions of dollars required.

“For the vaccines alone, over US$100 billion will be needed,” Tedros said.

However he said he saw “green shoots of hope”.

“It is never too late to turn the pandemic around,” Tedros said. The message is to “suppress, suppress, suppress”.

On the same media briefing, Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme disclosed that the coronavirus has shown no seasonal pattern and if health authorities take the pressure off fighting it, it will bounce back.

Western Europe and elsewhere needed to react fast to new flare-ups, he said.

More than 19.92 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 729,883 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. (Source: CNA)