"Apportioning blame will not save a single life," WHO chief says as he urges unity in COVID-19 fight
The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom on Monday urged the world not to delve into blame games regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that such acts were detrimental to the fight against the pandemic.
"Pointing fingers will not make the world safer. Apportioning blame will not save a single life," said Tedros.
"But by working together in humility and solidarity, we can ensure that a pandemic of this magnitude and severity never happens again."
The WHO chief made the remarks on Monday at the Regional Committee of the WHO European Region.
He also urged countries to take lessons from the current pandemic in order to be better prepared to tackle any future health crises.
"We have a shared responsibility to our children and our children's children to leave the world better prepared for the next pandemic," he said.
His remarks came as the number of COVID-19 infections globally surpassed the 29.03 million mark, with a death toll exceeding 924,000, according to figures published by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.