The World Health Organization held a press conference on the coronavirus case line on the 6th local time. Maria van Kokhoff, the technical director of the WHO health emergency project, said that the location should not be used as part of the name of the virus, disease or pathogen. Coronavirus variants are no exception.
Kokhov said that people continue to see people using country names for naming variants of coronavirus. The WHO is working with scientists to agree on a nomenclature related to the coronavirus, which will be released shortly to ensure that individuals, surnames or locations are not stigmatized.
At the press conference on the 6th, the head of WHO’s health emergency project, Ruian, said that the WHO supports the launch of vaccination certificates to provide personal health information, but if it is used for work, school or travel, different considerations are required.
Ruian emphasized that there is currently a global vaccine fairness problem. If a “vaccine passport” is introduced, some people will be isolated because they cannot obtain the vaccine. The WHO Emergency Committee on International Health Regulations has advised the Director-General of WHO that such vaccination certificates should not be used as an international travel requirement. The committee will meet again on the 15th of this month to discuss this proposal.
On the occasion of World Health Day on April 7, the WHO issued a press release on the 6th, calling on all countries to take urgent action to deal with the inequalities in health and well-being within and among countries that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic.
According to the WHO, the inequality of the global population in terms of living conditions, health services, and access to funds and resources has a long history. Within each country, people living in poverty, socially excluded, and poor in daily life and working conditions are infected with and die from the new crown.
WHO Director-General Tedros said in a press release that social inequality and gaps in the health system have contributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Governments of all countries must invest in strengthening their own health services, remove barriers that affect the use of health services by the general public, and enable more people to live healthy lives.