Coronavirus outbreak: WHO director says countries must ‘fight, unite and ignite’ | FULL

Streamed live on Mar 27, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a briefing on Friday on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of cases passed more than 560,000 with a total of more than 25,000 deaths.

WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in a recent call with G20 leaders, he stressed the need to “fight, unite and ignite” against COVID-19. He said this means fighting to stop the virus with every resource, uniting to confront the pandemic together and igniting the “industrial might” and innovation of the G20 to produce the tools needed to save lives. He added that they must make a promise of “never again” to future generations.

He also announced the first patients would be enrolled in the “solidarity” drug trial to compare the safety effectiveness of four drugs and drug combinations against COVID-19. He said the trial would “dramatically cut” the time to generate evidence about what drugs work. Ghebreyesus added people should not use untested drugs as they risk harmful results.

The United States on Thursday surpassed China and Italy as the country with the most coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters tally, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages in supplies, staff and sick beds.

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