This initiative by the Global partnership to be a relief for low and middle-income countries
By Anwesha Dash
The WHO (World Health Organization) along with its Global partners will dispense low and middle-income countries with the quality and quick COVID-19 tests.
Since the COVID-19 disease was declared a pandemic in early March, numerous developing economies have crumbled down, people previously pulled out of poverty have been shoved into squalor again, lives and livelihoods have been lost and the whole world is in a stagnant state. The pandemic and its consequences have been most brutal to the developing and under-developed nations as these nations generally have a high population density, low expectancy rate and poor health facilities. And low labour wages are the only earnings of a major portion of the population. Consequently, these nations have a high spreading rate and some of the lowest tests per million people, with most individuals not having enough income or means to afford treatment.
The WHO supplying 120 million tests to 133 low-income and hard-hit nations in such situations will be a huge relief. The tests will be quite feasible and affordable with each test costing the U.S $5. The organization believes that with tests widely available, economical and rapid in diagnostics, the compromised nations will have a better chance at curbing the spread and increasing their testing capabilities. Moreover, the tests don’t need a laboratory and yield results in 15 minutes which is more preferable than the current tests that take days or in the very least hours for the result.
The announcement of these tests came at a very crucial time as the deaths due to Coronavirus have reached the million milestone. The WHO expressed it as a “very sad milestone”. Also according to the head of the organization, Dr. Tedros, these global rapid tests will “enable the expansion of testing, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that do not have laboratory facilities or enough trained health workers to carry out tests.”. The international organization along with the rest of the world seems very optimistic about the tests.