As scores of Coronavirus cases keep piling up each day, scientists are moving head and toe to ensure that they can come up with a remedy to help medics give patients relief and support and today WHO has announced that they are partnering with Denmark and Spain.
In a online meeting held with various Health ministers across the globe, Denmark and Spain have been earmarked as the nations that will be trying out a combination of four drugs to mitigate Coronavirus.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the director general of World health Organization (WHO) notes that there are over 1/2 a million cases of coronavirus worldwide at the moment with over 20,000 deaths. Despite the numbers being tragic, he also noted that there are thousands of survivors.
WHO working different nations globally to get Coronavirus Solution
The Director general thanked Saudi Arabia together with the G20 nations for responding to the virus outbreak. “Viral outbreaks are a fact of life. How much damage they do is something we can influence. I thank the the G20 countries for their commitment to fight the COVID19 pandemic, safeguard the economy, address intl. trade disruptions & enhance global cooperation”
In a meeting held with various Health ministers globally, countries like China, South Korea, Japan shared the common themes of what has worked for them as they fought coronavirus
- The need for early detection & isolation of confirmed cases
- Identification, follow-up & quarantine of contacts
- The need to optimize care
- The need to communicate to build trust & engage communities in the fight
“Countries also expressed several common challenges. The chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives” Said Dr. Tedros
“WHO has shipped almost 2M individual items of protective gear to 74 countries that need it most & we’re preparing to send a similar amount to a further 60 countries. But much more is needed. This problem can only be solved with intl cooperation & solidarity.” According to Dr. Tedros as a way to support nations
“To support our call on all countries to conduct aggressive case-finding and testing, we’re also working urgently to massively increase the production and capacity for testing around the world” – Dr. Tedros
“A vaccine is still at least 18 months away. In the meantime, we recognize that there is an urgent need for therapeutics to treat patients & save lives” – Dr. Tedros
“Today we are delighted to announce that today in Denmark and Spain the first patients will shortly be enrolled in the Solidarity Trial, which will compare the safety & effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against” Dr. Tedros
“This is a historic trial which will dramatically cut the time needed to generate robust evidence about what drugs work. Over 45 countries are contributing to the trial & more have expressed interest. The more countries who join the trial, the faster we will have results” – Dr. Tedros
The WHO Director General has called on all nations to not try any drugs for the sake of it, “In the meantime, we call on individuals & countries to refrain from using therapeutics that have not been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of COVID19” Said Dr. Tedros
“WHO is continuing to support all countries in the response. We’ve published more than 40 guidance documents on our website, providing detailed, evidence-based recommendations for governments, hospitals, health workers, members of the public & more” Noted the Director General
“We’re also delighted to report that the COVID19 Solidarity Fund has now received donations of more than USD 108M, from 203,000 individuals & organizations. Thank you to each and every one of you”
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