WHO chief urges G20 to boost production of protective gear against COVID-19

WHO chief urges G20 to boost production of protective gear against COVID-19

Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Geneva, Switzerland. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS/Files

GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told the Group of 20 wealthy nations on Thursday (Mar 26) that the coronavirus pandemic is "accelerating at an exponential rate" and urged them to ramp up production of protective gear for health workers.

"We call on all of your nations to increase production, remove export bans and ensure equity of distribution," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, told G20 leaders, according to a text of his speech made public by the UN agency.

WHO officials warned again on Wednesday that the world faced a "significant shortage" of protection equipment for health workers, particularly masks, gloves, gowns and face shields.

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Source: Reuters/de

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