The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the chronic, global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) or gears “is one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives” from the novel coronavirus.
The Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed this at a media briefing on the COVID-19.
The message came from an earlier meeting the WHO had with 50 ministers of health around the world who shared what they’ve learned and their challenges.
While WHO continues to ship PPE to countries in need, the Director-General said the problem can’t fully be solved without “international cooperation and international solidarity.”
.@WHO has shipped 2M items of protective gear to 74 countries which need it the most & we’re preparing to send a similar amount to 60 additional countries. Even more is needed & this can only be solved with intl. cooperation & solidarity. #COVID19https://t.co/bWbgk8NDFk
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 27, 2020
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