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WHO requires a lifeline of US$1.3 billion for 2020; declares smallpox as the first and, to date, the only human disease to be eradicated globally after 3,000 years


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Smallpox killed 300 million people in the 20th century alone. Smallpox vaccine was first developed over two centuries ago, in 1796, “it took another 184 years for smallpox to be eradicated”. “The decisive factor in the victory over smallpox was global solidarity – WHO GD Ghebreyesus,  World Health Organization has revealed that it requires an additional sum of US$1.3 billion for its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19. The updated plan estimates that WHO requires US$1.7 billion to respond to COVID-19, across the three levels of the organization, between now and the end of 2020. This estimate includes the funds that WHO has already received to date, leaving WHO’s COVID-19 response with a funding gap of US$1.3 billion for 2020. This was contained in WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19.  Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disclosed that: ‘’Our updated strategic plan takes into account the lessons we have learned so far, strengthening WHO’s role in global and regional coordination.  It is built on five strategic objectives: First, to mobilize all sectors and communities; Second, to control sporadic cases and clusters by rapidly finding and isolating all cases; Third, to suppress community transmission through infection prevention and control and physical distancing; Fourth, to reduce mortality through appropriate care; And fifth, to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics. To support these objectives he said, WHO will continue to provide technical, operational and logistics support to countries and will continue to update and adapt its guidance according to local needs. In certain fragile settings and countries with weaker health systems, the body will continue its operational work as a provider of essential health services.  SMALLPOX ERADICATED GLOBALLY: As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the 40th anniversary of the historic eradication of smallpox was marked on Friday, with the head of the UN health agency calling it “a reminder of what is possible when nations come together to fight a common health threat”. A Un news report stated that: ‘’ The eradication “stands as the greatest public health triumph in history”, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a virtual event, adding that “there are many lessons to learn” from the scientific achievement “that can help fight COVID-19 and prepare for future pandemics”. Smallpox is the first and, to date, the only human disease to be eradicated globally. Smallpox is an acute contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the…

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