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Solidarity is a key element to overcome Covid-19, says EC President

Berlin, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Solidarity is the key element to overcoming present Covid-19 pandemic, the President of the European Council (EC) Charles Michel remarked on Monday at the World Health Summit.

The gap in immunization rates between developed and developing countries must be solved swiftly, removing obstacles in global deployment of drugs to fight the disease, Michel claimed.

Mr. Michel took the floor in one of discussion panels on the second day of the event, focused on lessons learned from Covid-19, in particular the equity of vaccines, better strategies for responses to a global pandemic, among other issues.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is far from being over and the whole planet really needs to use public health tools effectively to deal with it, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday during the opening ceremony.

Reaching nearly 50,000 deaths in just one week, not counting unreported cases, the Covid-19 pandemic is far from being over, stressed Ghebreyesus.

He noted that the goal of vaccinating 40% of the world’s population can be reached, but under certain conditions.

WHO´s chief also urged the G20 nations that vaccinated 40% of their population to actively participate in the Covax mechanism and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

The World Health Summit, held in Berlin, Germany, is one of the world’s most important strategic scenarios for health, and it brings together politicians, scientists, civil society and private sector leaders to set the agenda for a healthier future.

Over 300 lecturers and 6,000 guests from as many as 100 nations will attend the event to be held from October 24 to 26, both in-person or virtually.