Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

In a bid to fight the pandemic, India has supplied COVID-19 vaccines to its neighbors including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

China Daily reported that further details have not been disclosed in the brief statement released on the commission's website.

Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that it is important to comply with health guidelines amid the pandemic, in order to decrease transmission and take the burden off healthcare systems.

WHO warns against herd immunity: WHO chief’s statement comes on back of argument by some researchers that allowing COVID-19 to spread in populations that are not vulnerable will help build up herd immunity and is a more realistic way to stop the pandemic.

"There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO DG.

According to latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide have exceeded 11.5 million while the death toll has surged past 5 lakh.

“I will initiate an independent evaluation at the earliest appropriate moment to review experience gained and lessons learned, and to make recommendations to improve national and global pandemic preparedness and response,” WHO chief Dr Tedros said.

The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus.

Tedros praised India's $22.6 billion economic stimulus plan - announced after a 21-day lockdown imposed last week - to provide free food rations for 800 million disadvantaged people, cash transfers to 204 million poor women and free cooking gas for 80 million households for the next three months.