Recovery roadmap: WHO, partners urge gov’t to finance new $50bn

WHO DG on covid-19 recovery roadmap

The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other partners in calling upon governments to finance a new $50 billion recovery roadmap to funding the equitable distribution of vaccines and other crucial health tools. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom announced the plan, which is also supported by the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group. “This would help us dramatically scale up the production of diagnostics, treatments, oxygen, medical equipment and vaccines for equitable distribution,” said Tedros. “Furthermore, this new roadmap reflects the need to enhance…

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Nigeria is polio free, WHO declares

Members of African Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication

The World Health Organisation on Thurday declared Nigeria free of polio virus. The organisation on its Twitter handle said the devastating disease was at the moment endemic in only two countries, thereby bringing the world one major step closer to achieving the goal of ending polio for good. Nigeria was said to have received the status after completing documentation which was accepted by the African Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication. The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, said, “The outstanding commitment and efforts that got Nigeria off the endemic…

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