The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on global governments to introduce mass vaccination programs to cope with an influx of diseases that the United Nations health agency claims are caused by mosquitoes migrating because of “climate change.”
Mass vaccinations will soon be required to deal with the effects of climate change including the threat of diseases spread by mosquitoes migrating to new regions, according to the WHO.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, made the disturbing comments at a recent press conference while sitting next to WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
“A lot of this is also about other uses of tools that exist in instances where we have interventions like medical interventions, therapeutics, or vaccines depending on the pathogen,” she said.
“We need to be able to prepare for that.”
Wow…so surprising 🤪
My ex-boss Malik Peiris at HKU is very influential in Asia Pasteur Institutes.
Btw, Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of COVID-19 response and the head of emerging diseases and zoonosis unit at WHO, “worked as an epidemiologist at the Institut Pasteur… https://t.co/KvJpisoHab pic.twitter.com/o6HHpuMjst
— Dr. Li-Meng YAN (@DrLiMengYAN1) August 9, 2023
Van Kerkhove further said that countries need to “look at how the changes in climate change and the dynamics of spillover and amplification are changing — and prepare for that.”
As for Ghebreyesus, he said that COVID-19 is no longer an emergency but its risk is still high.
He also complained that many countries are no longer reporting their COVID data to the WHO.
In the past month, only 25% of countries and territories have reported COVID-19 deaths to the WHO, according to Ghebreyesus.
“And only 11% have reported hospitalizations and ICU admissions,” he said.
“This doesn’t mean other countries don’t have deaths or hospitalizations — it means they’re not reporting them to WHO.”
Ghebreyesus asked for countries to start reporting data to his organization again.
“The virus continues to circulate in all countries, continues to kill, and it continues to change,” he warned.
In June, the WHO partnered with the European Union to create a globalized digital vaccine passport system for future pandemics.
At the time, Ghebreyesus said climate change, deforestation, and urbanization would worsen future pandemics unless countries take “concerted and coordinated action as one global community.”