Yoshitake Yokokura, head of Japan’s Medical Association, said on Monday that it would be difficult for the country to accept the Olympic Games rescheduled for next year without a coronavirus vaccine.
“I don’t claim Japan should or shouldn’t host the Olympics, but it would be difficult,” he said. – If an effective vaccine is not developed, I think it would be difficult to host the Olympics”.
The pandemic has forced the organisers to cancel the July Olympics and reschedule the event for the next summer.
Work on the vaccine is now under way in many countries, but experts warn that the process can take from a year to a year and a half.
Ahmed Al-Mandari, Director of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Office, said on Tuesday that the time has come for “unity and cooperation among countries”.
“We are committed to ensuring that when medicines and vaccines are available, they are distributed fairly among all countries and people,” he said.
Experts note that the pandemic has not yet reached the poorest countries of the world. UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock called for $90 billion to provide income, food and medical care to the most vulnerable categories of the world’s population.
According to him, there are about 700 million people in 30-40 countries who received some form of humanitarian aid, and their income will decrease significantly against the background of quarantine measures.
According to Loucock, funding can come from a number of international institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as through a one-time increase in contributions of individual states.
Meanwhile, WHO head Tedros Adan Gebrejesus called on European countries, which have begun to mitigate quarantine measures, to closely monitor all new infections and all those who came into contact with the infected.
Speaking in Geneva on Monday, Gebrejesus stressed that “the pandemic is far from over” and noted that WHO remained concerned about the increase in cases in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and several countries in Asia.
Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus appeared, said on Tuesday that no new cases had been reported in the city for the second day in a row and no patients with coronavirus remained in hospitals.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases in the world has exceeded 3 million and the number of victims – 211,0