Global deaths from Covid-19 exceed one million in 2022, according to WHO

The number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in 2022 globally has exceeded one millionas announced on Thursday by the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The actual number, however, is probably much olderAlthough more than 3.5 million deaths from COVID-19 were recorded worldwide in 2021, many countries, including Spain, no longer track or report cases and deaths with the same precision.

"We crossed the tragic milestone of 1 million reported deaths from COVID-19 so far this year. We cannot say that we are learning to live with COVID-19 when 1 million people have died this year alone, when we have all the necessary tools to prevent these deaths"Tedros lamented at a press conference.

For this reason, the head of the WHO has asked all governments to "redouble your efforts" to vaccinate all healthcare workers, older people, and others at higher risk. The WHO goal is to achieve 70 percent vaccination coverage for the entire world population.

"It is satisfying to see that some countries with the lowest vaccination rates are catching up, especially in Africa"Tedros congratulated, adding that only 10 countries still have less than 10 percent coverage, most of which are facing humanitarian emergencies.

"It is nice to see that coverage of high priority groups is improving, and that many countries are making impressive progress towards vaccinating 100 percent of workers healthcare and the elderly"has added.

However, he regretted that "There is still much left to do". "One-third of the world’s population remains unvaccinated, including two-thirds of health workers and three-quarters of older adults in low-income countries"has apostilled.

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