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The World Health Organization said today, Tuesday, that more than 200,000 tons of medical waste, mostly plastic waste, have accumulated around the world as a result of the Corona epidemic. According to WHO estimates, billions of vaccines since the beginning of the epidemic have left at least 144,000 tons of syringes and collection containers.
In addition, the United Nations delivered about 87,000 tons of protective clothing during the period from March 2020 to November 2021 alone.
The supplies for testing for infection with the Corona virus generated an additional 2,600 tons of waste and 731,000 liters of chemical waste.
The World Health Organization also said that these statistics do not include masks used at the private level.
“Corona has forced the world to recognize the gaps and neglected aspects of the waste stream and how health care resources are produced, used and disposed of, from start to finish,” said Maria Neira, WHO’s Head of Environment, Climate Change and Health.
The organization called for the development of strategies to protect humans and the environment from bad methods of disposing of protective clothing, examination tools and vaccination.
The World Health Organization has warned that, even before the pandemic, a third of health care facilities were not able to dispose of waste properly.
She explained that the additional waste associated with the Corona epidemic poses health and environmental risks to medical workers and residents of areas near landfills.
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