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Coronavirus: WHO moves to help smokers quit Tobacco

Launches Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation Report– 173 Highlights

Yesterday, WHO launched the Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco, which aims to help the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users quit during the pandemic.

Smoking kills eight million people a year and smokers are more vulnerable to developing a severe case of COVID-19.

WHO received its first-ever donation of nicotine replacement therapies for the project from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health.

The Initiative also enlists the help of WHO’s- and the world’s – first ever virtual health worker, Florence.

You can speak with Florence, to dispel myths around COVID-19 and smoking, and to help develop a personalized plan to quit tobacco.

WHO is in the final stages of adding more partners and encourages pharmaceutical and technology companies to join this initiative.

WHO has published guidance on maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply during the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Last Thursday WHO Director-General Dr Tedros announced the establishment of the Independent panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR)to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control” said Dr Tedros.

Situation in numbers (by WHO Region)

Total (new cases in last 24 hours)

  • Globally 12 322 395 cases (219 983) 556 335 deaths (5 286)
  • Africa 443 412 cases (15 361) 7 930 deaths (197)
  • Americas 6 397 230 cases (132 520) 279 857 deaths (3 487)
  • Eastern Mediterranean 1 255 977 cases (17 198) 30 145 deaths (455)
  • Europe 2 888 850 cases (20 770) 202 837 deaths (497)
  • South-East Asia 1 097 074 cases (31 981) 27 990 deaths (608)
  • Western Pacific 239 111 cases (2 153) 7 563 deaths (42)

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