“Pandemic will end when world chooses” - WHO head

"We have all the tools we need: effective public health tools and effective medical tools… but those tools have not been shared equitably," he said.

About 31% of people who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine were from high income countries as of October 25, and at least 25% were from Europe and North America, according to Reuters' vaccination tracker.

The annual conference was held in a "hybrid format" for the first time in Himeji City in Japan, where 270 participants from 37 Countries joined either online or at Himeji.

Fifty attendees from five countries, including WHO members, joined the session on-site, abiding by infection measures.