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WHO welcomes G7 vaccine pledge but says more needed quickly

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends the World Health Assembly (WHA) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2021. Christopher Black/World Health Organization/Handout via REUTERS /File Photo

GENEVA, June 14 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general on Monday welcomed the Group of Seven's weekend pledge of 870 million COVID-19 vaccine doses but said that many more were needed and quickly.

"This is a big help, but we need more, and we need them faster," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a WHO news conference on Monday. Some 10,000 people are still dying each day from the disease and critically ill patients in Africa had a higher mortality rate, he said.

Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Michael Shields

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