VOA 2分ニュース スクリプト 20/09/21


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The World Health Organization's director-general said Monday, “No crisis since World War II demonstrates more clearly the need for the United Nations than the COVID-19 pandemic.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Monday in Geneva.

He said the WHO has three key messages for UN members. First, he said the pandemic must motivate us to redouble our efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, not become an excuse for missing them. Second, we must prepare for the next pandemic now. And third, we must move heaven and earth to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the global coronavirus pandemic, more than 31 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 961,000 people have died. The United States leads the world with more than 6.8 million infections at nearly 200,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, nearly half of Americans, or 49%, said they [were] definitely not or probably would not get an inoculation if a coronavirus vaccine were available today. Fifty-one percent said they would. That's according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted earlier this month. Those who are weary of getting vaccinated have cited concerns about side effects.

President Donald Trump said last month the US will have a vaccination for the coronavirus before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner.

Experts say it can take decades to develop, test and prove vaccines safe before they are administered to patients. Hope has been high, however, that a concerted international effort will produce an effective vaccine sometime next year.

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