According to the World Health Organization (WHO)**, 80,000 to 180,000 health workers and caregivers may have been killed by Covid-19 between January 2020 and May 2021, insisting that they must be prioritized for the vaccination.**
WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesussaid healthcare workers needed to be vaccinated against the disease first, as he criticized global inequality in vaccine deployment.
"Data from 119 countries suggests that, on average, two in five health and care workers worldwide are fully immunized. But of course, this average masks huge differences between regions and economic groups. "
"In Africa, less than one in 10 healthcare workers have been fully immunized. Meanwhile, in most high-income countries, more than 80% of health workers are fully immunized. "
"We call on all countries to ensure that all healthcare and care workers in every country are given priority for Covid-19 vaccines, alongside other groups at risk."
Tedros said that more than 10 months after the first vaccines were approved by the WHO, the fact that millions of health workers still had not been vaccinated was an "indictment" against countries and companies controlling the disease. global supply of doses.
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Many have lost their lives needlessly, many that "we could have saved" said Annette Kennedy, president of the International Council of Nurses, while stressing that her organization was crying all these health care workers.
"They are now exhausted, they are devastated, they are physically and mentally exhausted. And there is a prediction that 10% of them will leave within a very short time. " she added.
WHO wants each country to have 40% of its population vaccinated by the end of the year, but Tedros said 82 countries are now at risk of missing that target, mainly due to insufficient supplies.
The Covid-19 has killed at least 4.9 million people, over 150 miles in Africa, since the outbreak of the epidemic in China in December 2019, according to the WHO Coronavirus Dashboard, so that more than 244 million cases have been recorded.
Source: The Guardian