SL in dire need of foreign aid to fight pandemic : WHO
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has noted that as evidenced by statistics, Sri Lanka's COVID-19 crisis has worsened.
Speaking at a media briefing held by WHO on the current COVID-19 situation, globally, Dr. Tedros explained that Sri Lanka, amongst other countries such as India, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Egypt and Vietnam, is in dire need of foreign aid, as there has been a a sharp increase in the number of reported cases within these countries.
The Director-General said that the WHO has also been closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus in India, emphasizing that the only solution to control the spread of coronavirus, not only in India but globally, was vaccination and adherence to proper health guidelines.
With regard to the vaccines that have been developed to fight COVID-19, Dr. Tedros made the following statement, raising concerns over how numerous countries remain unable to purchase the necessary doses required, "The fact that so many are still not protected is a sad reflection on the gross distortion in access to vaccines across the globe.".
As a solution to this issue that has crippled many countries, the Director General urged that developed countries who have already begun to vaccinate "lower risk groups" donate these doses to the COVAX facility as aid, or even directly to underdeveloped countries, some of whom are unable to vaccinate even their frontline workers.