After months of the pandemic, the COVID-19 virus has already led to the death of almost 1 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization has warned that there is a huge possibility that the global death toll would be more than two million before a successful vaccine is out to defeat the coronavirus. Apart from that, WHO also clarified that unless joint efficient action to curb the pandemic is not taken, the number of deaths could be even higher. “Unless we do it all, (two million deaths) … is not only imaginable but sadly very likely,” Mike Ryan, head of the UN agency’s emergencies programme, told.

Over the past nine months, since the new coronavirus was detected in China, the number of officially confirmed covid-19 deaths were at 988,965. The overall number of infected that were reported was seemingly high at 32.5 million, out of which almost 22.5 million have recovered. Upon enquiring the head of the UN agency’s emergencies programme how far the death toll is likely to rise, Ryan said, “One million is a terrible number and we need to reflect on that before we start considering a second million. Are we prepared collectively to do what it takes to avoid that number? If we don’t take those actions … yes, we will be looking at that number and sadly much higher.”

Regarding a viable antidote for the virus, officials said the health agency is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines. “We’re in discussions with China about the role they may play as we go forward,” said Bruce Aylward, WHO senior adviser and head of the ACT-Accelerator programme to back vaccines, treatments and diagnostics against COVID-19. A Chinese health official said the WHO had given its support for the country to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people even while clinical trials were still under way.

Source: Al Jazeera

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