Tedros Ghebreyesus says. however, that the Olympic Games in Tokyo should proceed.
The head of the World Health Organisation says the world "is failing" in terms of handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the International Olympic Committee, Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lambasted wealthy countries for not sharing vaccines with poorer nations.
But he said the Games - the first of the events which are underway - should go ahead to show the world what can be achieved
"Anyone who thinks #COVID19 the pandemic is over because it’s over where they live is living in a fool’s paradise. Vaccines are powerful and essential tools. But the world has not used them well"-@DrTedros #Tokyo2020 #AGoal4All https://t.co/yHGo73V5y7— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 21, 2021