According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), as a result of the corona pandemic, more than 200,000 tons of medical waste have accumulated worldwide – much of it plastic waste. The UN organization based in Geneva called for strategies on Tuesday to protect people and the environment from poorly disposed of protective suits, test kits and vaccination paraphernalia.
According to the WHO, the billions of vaccinations since the beginning of the pandemic have generated at least 144,000 tons of used needles, syringes and collection containers. In addition, 87,000 tons of protective clothing were delivered by the United Nations alone between March 2020 and November 2021. Corona tests caused up to 2,600 more tons of garbage and 731,000 liters of chemical waste. Protective masks for private use are not included in the estimates.