World Leaders Work Together to Tackle COVID-19

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Sarah Peddie

Global health leaders have made strides towards commitment to work together and push to develop new vaccines, tests and treatments to tackle COVID-19. 

The agreement between heads of state and leaders also assures access to equipment worldwide. 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected around 3 million people and has taken over 210,000 lives worldwide (as of 28 April). 

Families, societies, health systems and economies have all been heavily affected by the virus around the world. 

There is a greater need for people to continue to follow existing social and physical distancing. Also, to test and track all contacts of people who have tested positive so help the progress of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, commented: “Countries, health partners, manufacturers, and the private sector must act together and ensure that the fruits of science and research can benefit everybody.”

WHO has been working with researchers since January to help develop and test vaccines. 

The main challenge is to speed up the process to ensure that once products are deemed safe and effective - they can then be brought to billions of people around the world who are in need of them. 

Leaders came together on Friday 24 April for a virtual event which included the UN Secretary General, the AU Commission Chairperson, the G20 President, heads of state of France, South Africa, Germany, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Italy, Rwanda, Norway, Spain, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

They had all agreed to work towards equitable global access and to be accountable to the world, communities and one another.

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