José Manuel Barroso

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Congratulations to Niger and Syria for surpassing 10% #COVID19 vaccination coverage. This is an important milestone in the vaccine rollout, but one that reminds us there is much more to be done. #vaccinequity
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#COVID19 has demonstrated the need for swift local responses to health emergencies. Increased regional capacity will allow for quicker responses to outbreaks of disease, helping prevent future pandemics. via @Reuters
With just 20% of people in low-income countries having had a first dose, clearly there is significant work to be done to achieve #vaccinequity. We cannot forget that we are only safe from the virus once everyone is.
I agree with this evaluation from @washingtonpost – the speed and success of creating safe and effective vaccines for #COVID19 has been a triumph, but worldwide nearly 1 in 3 people are yet to receive a single dose.
A wonderful example of local health care from Nigeria, where the Igbosoro community have joined together to build a health centre and provide vaccines for hard-to-reach #zerodosechildren:
Distributing supplies during the pandemic has been challenging, but in Kiribati this means covering 3.5 million sq km of ocean. Collaboration between the Ministry of Health & Medical Services and @WorldBank has strengthened supply chains and advanced #UHC
As a result, Gavi has helped vaccinate over 888 million children, preventing countless outbreaks of disease. By pooling demand, countries can better afford immunisation programmes that improve the health of their population and millions around the world.
This approach means the cost of fully immunising a child against 11 antigens is now about US$ 28 in Gavi-supported countries, compared with approximately US$ 1,300 in the USA.
Over the past two decades @gavi has demonstrated the benefits of pooling demand for vaccines, resulting in cost savings and increased vaccination coverage in many of the world’s poorest countries.
Well done to @MohGambia for transitioning to digital tracking of vaccines for children under five. This innovation will improve monitoring of immunisation across the country, reducing the burden on health workers and providing better patient outcomes.
To his family, his closest friends, the Angolan authorities, and all those who in the friendly Angolan nation now grieve his death, I offer my deepest condolences.
With exceptional intelligence, José Eduardo dos Santos was able to guarantee Angolan national unity in an extremely difficult geopolitical context that will remain indelibly in the History of Angola, Africa, and also of Angola's relations with Portugal.
With the passing of José Eduardo dos Santos, former President of Angola, I am reminded of the patriot and statesman with whom I had the honor of working for peace and national reconciliation and the process that would lead to the first free and democratic elections in Angola.
À sua família, aos seus amigos mais próximos, às autoridades angolanas e a todos aqueles que na nação amiga angolana agora lamentam o seu desaparecimento apresento as minhas mais sentidas condolências.
Este momento fúnebre e triste não é o adequado para fazermos um balanço completo das suas ações, e das muito complexas situações que Angola teve de enfrentar durante a sua presidência, mas lembro e reconheço as palavras amigas que ele comigo sempre teve em relação a Portugal.
Com excepcional inteligência, José Eduardo dos Santos foi capaz de garantir a unidade nacional angolana num contexto geopolítico excepcionalmente difícil e que ficará indelevelmente na História de Angola, de África e também das relações de Angola com Portugal.
Ao saber da morte de José Eduardo dos Santos, ex Presidente de Angola, lembro com saudade o patriota angolano e o estadista com quem tive a honra de trabalhar para a paz e a reconciliação nacional e o processo que conduziria as primeiras eleições livres e democráticas em Angola.
I am saddened to learn of @AbeShinzo’s passing. He was a statesman I was delighted to work with, committed to his country, strengthening EU-Japan relations and improving global health, as demonstrated during the @gavi summit in 2021. My condolences to his friends and family.
Reaching #zerodosechildren is vital for stopping outbreaks of disease, but remote communities face unique barriers to getting vaccinated. Cultural elders play a key role in overcoming a lack of trust in health services in hard-to-reach areas of Kenya.
Preventing the spread of disease is the most effective way of maintaining healthy citizens. The #polio vaccine rollout in Tanzania to pre-empt possible outbreaks has achieved great success, with 12.4 million children vaccinated so far. #VaccinesWork
Vaccines helped reduce the prevalence of #diptheria in Australia, but it is one of many preventable diseases reappearing in the wake of #COVID19, as vaccination rates decline. Maintaining immunisation programmes is key to health security. @ConversationUK
This will not just happen. It requires commitment from governments, civil society, and the private sector towards securing health for all. Together we can build a healthier future.
In response to #COVID19, the global community must ensure health services are maintained and that we invest now to strengthen them against future shocks. Expanding health coverage improves health outcomes in communities reached and builds a more resilient global health system.
For the second year in a row, the world is no longer making progress towards achieving the #SDGs. The pandemic has reversed gains made over the past two decades, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and inequities.
The Kunde Hospital in the Nepalese Himalayas serves the 7,000 people scattered in nearby villages. It is changing - and saving - lives by providing essential health services, including immunisation. Learn more:
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Insulin can be lifesaving for the >400 million sufferers of diabetes, which directly accounts for 1.5 million deaths every year. Increasing access to this vital medication is the first step towards managing the condition. via @Reuters
Congratulations to Nigeria, South Sudan, and Sudan for surpassing 10% #COVID19 vaccination coverage. #COVAX will continue to support efforts in these countries to increase coverage, helping them reach their national targets. #vaccinequity
Health care workers and local communities have an integral role to play in the fight against #TB in Papua New Guinea, reaching remote and high-risk populations not just with medication but with education around the disease. #StopTB
Congratulations President Embaló @USEmbalo on your election as Chair of the Economic Community of West African States @ecowas_cedeao. And thank you to the outgoing Chair, President Akufo-Addo @NAkufoAddo for your stewardship.
Félicitations au Président de la République de Guinée Bissau @USEmbalo pour son élection à la présidence de la Communauté Économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest @ecowas_cedeao.
Millions of children have missed out on vaccinations over the past two years and may be vulnerable to preventable diseases. Restoring routine immunisation programmes will be an essential part of our efforts to build back stronger after the pandemic.
#COVID19 has affected healthcare across the world, even in the wealthiest and best-prepared countries. In countries where health systems were already weak to begin with, the impact has been particularly devastating.
Health security requires sustained effort. Just because a disease is not currently prevalent, it does not mean we can let our guard down. The re-emergence of #polio in London is a reminder that we must remain vigilant. @ajpollard1 @guardian
#COVID19 has impacted us all, but its effects have not been felt equally. Some of the most vulnerable communities have been the hardest hit, pushing millions into poverty, stifling children’s education, and reducing access to healthcare.
Funding prevention and preparedness before pandemics strike is crucial to our success in managing them. Securing finance for the global response to #COVID19 was a major challenge at the onset of the pandemic and the @WorldBank FIF will help overcome this obstacle in the future.…
Expanding African capacity in drug discovery and manufacturing can be of great benefit to everyone. #COVID19 has highlighted the need for local production of vaccines and African centres of scientific excellence can lead the charge to prevent pandemics.
Vaccinating 93% of the adult population is a significant milestone and will be key to reducing the impact of #COVID19 in Mozambique. Congratulations to @SaudeMisau and everyone involved for your fantastic achievement. @WHOAFRO
The #UNSC Resolution 2585 is a lifeline for nearly a quarter of #Syria’s population. Nearly 80% of those in need are women and children.
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These shocking findings highlight the disparity in health systems and the urgent need for #vaccinequity. Less than 19% of people in low-income countries have received their first dose of a #COVID19 vaccine. We cannot afford to lose any more time.
Significant progress is being made in the global effort to prevent the spread of #malaria and save the lives of those affected by it. Vaccines will play a crucial role and we at @gavi are supporting vaccination campaigns across sub-Saharan Africa.
Thank you Singapore and @leehsienloong for the support to @gavi and COVAX, and the strong advocacy for vaccine multilateralism. Working together we can help to assure that life saving vaccines reach the ones most in need.
I welcome the support from the @G7 for @ACTAccelerator and #COVAX. Only through international cooperation can we end the pandemic and continue progress to #vaccinequity.…
Vaccines save lives. Nearly 20 million lives have been saved during the pandemic thanks to #COVID19 vaccines, according to estimates. #vaccineswork
Great meeting with Singapore PM @leehsienloong and an opportunity to discuss the current international developments.
The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will provide much-needed support to improve health systems in many lower-income countries. Investing in surveillance and infrastructure can help detect and contain outbreaks, preventing pandemics.
I look forward to joining @HarvardChanDean and @TurnbullMalcolm for our discussion on Building Future Resilience for Pandemics & Climate Change at @GHS_conf today.…
With 2.7 billion people still not vaccinated against #COVID19, the virus continues to be a threat. Many of these are in the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities. At this week's @G7 Summit, leaders must focus on how to address this challenge and #breakCOVID.
That is why we have ratified the extension of the #COVAX facility through 2023. With one-third of the global population yet to receive a first #COVID19 vaccine, we must continue our efforts towards #vaccinequity and ending the pandemic.
In an uncertain world, governments of low- and middle-income countries face instability, fragility, budgetary constraints, and macroeconomic challenges at the same time as huge public health challenges.
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