November 28, 2021

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Coronavirus: By May of this year, COVID-19 had killed hundreds of thousands of doctors

The World Health Organization said Thursday that an estimated 80,000 to 180,000 health workers may have died by May this year from COVID-19.

At the same time, she stressed the need to prioritize the vaccination of health professionals, according to AFP.

The WHO document estimates that out of a total of 135 million health workers, “between 80,000 and 180,000 could have died from COVID-19 between January 2020 and May 2021.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health professionals need to be vaccinated against the disease first, while criticizing global inequality in vaccine distribution.

“Data from 119 countries show that, on average, two out of five health and care professionals worldwide are fully vaccinated. But this rate masks significant differences between regions and economic groupings.”

“In Africa, one in ten health workers is not fully vaccinated. However, in high-income countries, more than 80 percent of health professionals are fully vaccinated.”

The WHO director added that the fact that millions of health professionals were not vaccinated even ten months after the WHO approved the first vaccines is an “indictment” for countries and companies responsible for distributing vaccines around the world.

Insufficient vaccine stock

The World Health Organization has said that the World Health Organization wants every country to vaccinate 40 percent of its population by the end of this year. However, according to Ghebreyesus, 82 countries are at risk of failing to achieve this goal, mainly due to a shortage of vaccine supplies.

The coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 4.9 million people since it broke out in China in December 2019, according to official data analyzed by AFP. Nearly 242 million cases of infection have been reported.

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