March 16, 2020 / 5:27 PM / in 13 days

WHO calls for 'change of mindset' to overcome pandemic shortages

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - A senior WHO official said on Monday it will take “a change in mindset” to overcome supply shortages in things such as protective equipment and test kits to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to now seriously scale it up. It needs to become industrialised to a degree,” said Paul Molinaro, in charge of operations, support and logistics at the World Health Organization in response to a question about how countries can ramp up their efforts to fight the virus amid the shortages.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also told journalists he was working with the private sector to increase production of protective equipment, describing the current shortage as a “market failure”.

Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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