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"Many people are dying" / WHO issues emergency call: The pandemic curve is growing exponentially. The end of the dangerous wave is still ...

"Many people are dying" / WHO issues emergency call: The pandemic

Problematic according to the WHO is the massive inequality between poor and rich countries in terms of coronavirus vaccination.

In the second year of the coronavirus pandemic despite the vaccination campaign in many countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) the health crisis has not yet been overcome.

"The end of the pandemic is still far away," warned WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva. However, through already tested measures, the pandemic is being kept under control, Tedros stressed.

"We also want companies, markets, travel and trade to reopen," he added. "But in the meantime, intensive care units in many countries are overcrowded and many people are dying - and this is actually something that can be avoided."

The infection curve increases exponentially

At the same time, the head of the WHO criticized the fact that there are massive inequalities in terms of coronavirus vaccination between poor and rich countries.

About 87 percent of the 700 million vaccinations worldwide are in rich countries, Tedros said. While in poor countries only 0.2 percent of coronavirus vaccines have been administered.

The number of new infections and deaths last week has increased significantly for the seventh time in a row, the head of the WHO drew attention.

" The pandemic curve is growing exponentially," said WHO expert Maria Van Kerkhove.

Last week 4.4 million new infections were registered, a year ago in the same period the number of infections was about 500,000. / Deutsche Welle /