Covid may have killed 80k-180k healthcare workers, says WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that 180,000 healthcare workers could be killed by Covid, as it called on leaders in the global south to prioritize front-line workers in their vaccine programmes.

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A WHO report published on Thursday estimated that between January 2020 and May this year, between 80,000 and 180,000 workers may have died due to the disease.

Speaking after the paper was published, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that while hitting out at the uneven distribution of vaccines around the world, frontline health workers, along with other vulnerable people, should be prioritized for jobs. needed.


“Data from 119 countries show that globally, on average, two out of five health and care workers are fully vaccinated. But of course this average hides huge differences in sectors and economic groups,” he said.

“In Africa, one in 10 health workers has been fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, in most high-income countries, more than 80 percent of healthcare workers are fully vaccinated.”

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Dr Tedros said: “We call on all countries to ensure that all health and care workers in every country are prioritized for Covid-19 vaccines, along with other at-risk groups.”

The WHO has set a target for countries to give at least one injection to 40 per cent of the population by the end of the year.

But Tedros said some 82 countries are at risk of missing the target, meaning the pandemic could continue into the next year.

He blamed the lack of vaccine supplies in less economically developed countries.

North America, South America, Europe, most of Asia and Australia are all either above or on track to achieve the 40 percent target, according to Our World in Data.

Meanwhile, most African countries are not on track to reach the 40 percent level of vaccination.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been a total of 4,931,810 deaths, 242,597,420 confirmed cases and 6,741,171,106 vaccinations.


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