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WHO sets new targets for vaccinating world’s poorest countries to end scandalous inequity in vaccine distribution

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 25, May 2021
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WHO sets new targets for vaccinating world’s poorest countries to end scandalous inequity in vaccine distribution. WHO chief said on Monday, the COVID-19 pandemic is being perpetuated by a scandalous inequity in vaccine distribution. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that no country should assume that it's out of the woods, no matter its vaccination rate, as long as the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants spread elsewhere. 

Speaking at the opening of the annual assembly of health ministers from its 194 member states, Tedros said, the world remains in a very dangerous situation. He added, as of today, more cases have been reported so far this year than in the whole of 2020. He said,on current trends, the number of deaths will overtake last year's total within the next three weeks. He called it very tragic .He said more than 75% of all vaccines had been administered in just 10 countries.
Tedros said, the COVAX facility, run by WHO and the GAVI vaccine alliance, has delivered 72 million vaccine doses to 125 countries and economies since February - barely sufficient for 1% of their populations. He urged countries to donate vaccine doses to COVAX to enable 10% of the populations of all countries to be inoculated by September and 30% by year-end. He said, this meant vaccinating 250 million more people in just four months.
Tedros also called on vaccine manufacturers to give COVAX the first right of refusal on new volumes of vaccines, or to commit 50 per cent of their volumes to COVAX this year.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for the WHO to be empowered to visit countries rapidly in case of outbreaks with potential to spark a pandemic, and to access data.
Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in separate pre-recorded remarks to the assembly, called for the U.N. agency's funding to be improved and backed the idea of a new international treaty to prevent pandemics.

Sources : News on AIR