The World Health Organization (who) on Thursday gave its first emergency approval since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic to the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, a move that would facilitate the way for countries wishing to use the vaccine quickly, a UN agency statement said.
“This is a very positive step to ensure universal access to anti-COVID-19 vaccines,” said Mariângela Simão, who drug maker Marianas.
This mechanism that can be used by the organization in the health emergencies allows the countries – that do not necessarily have the self-means that allow them to quickly determine the effectiveness of any medicine – to get treatment means more quickly.
The statement indicated that this mechanism allows also the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the US Health Organization to spread the vaccine to the poor countries.
Simão stressed the need for a greater effort to be able to provide sufficient vaccines to meet the needs of priority peoples around the world.
The Pfizer-Bionetech vaccine was passed several weeks ago in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States.
Millions of people have received this vaccine, which is 95% effective and requires keeping it at least 80% below zero, making it more difficult to store and distribute.
US Johns Hopkins University data showed that the total number of HIV infections in the world reached 82 million and 708 thousand cases Thursday morning.
The data showed that the number of recovery exceeded 46.7 million, while the total deaths exceeded one million and 805 thousand cases.
The United States leads the world in terms of the number of casualties, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Poland, and Iran.
The US is also leading the world in terms of death, followed by Brazil, India, Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom, and France.