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Mass vector control campaigns should be accelerated, while ensuring that they are deployed in ways that protect health workers and communities against potential COVID-19 transmission.
"This is a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for Covid-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.
Dr Ghebreyesus said: "Past experience has taught us that even when tools are available, they have been not been equally available to all - but we can not allow that to happen. We can not allow that to happen", he added.
"And we will come out of it stronger, together", he said.
Congress, get this deal done
The PPP, which launched April 3, is meant to help small businesses with fewer than 500 employees stay afloat. President Trump urged the House to pass the deal quickly so he can sign it into law this week.
While no U.S. representatives took part, a spokesman from the United States mission in Geneva stressed in an e-mail to AFP that "America's world-leading scientists are working hard on a COVID-19 vaccine". "This virus will be with us for a long time".
Further, he said the institute would be using one of the existing facilities for manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine, "However, it will take over two years to set up new manufacturing facility for COVID-19 vaccine", he added. - Congressional Republicans on April 16, 2020 urged President Donald Trump to condition USA funding for the World Health Organization on the resignation of its chief over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Talking about US President Donald Trump's decision to freeze the funding of WHO, Tedros expressed hope that the administration would reconsider it, but also stressed that his focus is on containing the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 2.7 million people have been infected with the disease, which has claimed almost 190,000 lives since emerging in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late previous year, according to a Reuters tally.
"Therefore, as we confront this new global health challenge, we are required to strike a balance between our response to Covid-19 and sustaining our efforts against existing health threats such as malaria", said the Kenyan leader as the world marks World Malaria Day.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that there were "worrying upward trends" in early epidemics in parts of Africa and Central and South America, warning that opening up global travel needed to be managed carefully.