World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that the WHO has received its first-ever donation of insulin and glucagon from Novo Nordisk global health care company, which will go to 50 low- and middle-income countries around the world.
He thanked the company and said the donation comes at a critical time as the world is fighting COVID-19.
Tedors Adhanom added that this donation reinforces the multiple ways the private sector can get involved in fostering global solidarity as one of the most essential services that has been disrupted due to COVID-19 is routine childhood immunization.
On Friday, WHO published new guidance on implementing vaccination campaigns in the context of COVID-19.
WHO director-general said that WHO, UNICEF and GAVI (The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) are working to ensure that the pandemic doesn’t reverse decades of progress in vaccine-preventable childhood diseases.
He called on world leaders to commit to fully-funding GAVI for its life-saving work on the global vaccine summit to be held by the U.K. government in June.
Tedros Adhanom warned from COVID-19 threats of disrupted access to life-saving immunization services around the world, which is putting tens of millions of childrens at risk of killing diseases like difteria, measles, and pneumonia.
He said that “while the world comes together to find a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 we must not forget that dozens of life-saving vaccines already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere.”