WHO predicts More than 100,000 people will die from COVID-19 around the world
between now and the end of the Olympic Games, the head of the World Health
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a meeting of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) in Tokyo that “the pandemic is a test and the world is failing”.
He also warned that anyone who thinks the pandemic is over because cases are under
control in their country is living in “a fool’s paradise”.
Dr. Tedros also said that it is a “horrifying injustice” that 75% of the vaccine shots
delivered globally so far were in just 10 countries.
He added: “More than four million people have died and more continue to die.
Already this year, the number of deaths is more than double last year’s total.
“In the time it takes me to make these remarks, more than 100 people will lose their lives to COVID-19.
“And by the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on 8 August, more than 100,000 more people will perish.”
The WHO is urging governments to come together to reach a target of vaccinating 70% of people in every country by the middle of 2022.
Estimates suggest that the world will need to produce 11 billion doses next year.
During his speech, Dr. Tedros added: “The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It is in our hands.”