The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that inequalities in access to corona virus vaccines between poor and rich countries are starting to deepen and become ‘terrible’, warning that the virus could take global hostages in the coming years.
I announced in January that the world would be on the brink of catastrophic moral defeat if urgent action was not taken to ensure an equal distribution of vaccines against Govt-19. We have the tools to avoid this failure, but it is shocking how little has happened to avoid this.
He told a news conference in Geneva Tetros Adonom Caprejessus. In rich countries, the gap in the number of vaccines given under covax is widening day by day, which is becoming more and more grim day by day, the Director General added. The Kovacs International Project, initiated by the World Health Organization, is working this year to vaccinate 20 percent of the population in nearly 200 countries and territories and to provide financial assistance to 92 low-income countries.
Countries that now vaccinate younger, healthier individuals and those with a lower incidence of COV-19 are doing so at the expense of health groups, the elderly and other vulnerable groups in the world.
– WHO Director-General stressed. Poor countries ask the question: Do rich countries really say what they say when they talk about unity? Unjust distribution of vaccines is not only a moral offense. Tetros added that this would lead to self-destruction in economic and epidemiological terms.
Some countries vaccinate their entire population, while others do not. It may provide protection in the short term, but it is a false sense of security
– He said. The Director General explained that with the spread of Covit-19, more variants will appear in circulation and existing vaccines will not work.
The French news agency AFP estimates that more than 430 million vaccines have been used worldwide so far, more than a quarter of which are in the United States. Israel ranks first in immunizations, with nearly 60 percent of the population already receiving at least the first dose.
In low-income countries, only 0.1 percent of the vaccines used in the world are administered, while in high-income countries, where 16 percent of the world’s population is vaccinated, more than half are vaccinated.
If we do not end this epidemic soon, it could take us hostage for many more years to come. That is why we say that the distribution of vaccines is in the interest of all nations, Tetros stressed. The head of the World Health Organization stressed the need to increase vaccine production as soon as possible.
So far, Astrogeneca is the only company that has not benefited from a vaccine against Govt-19 during an outbreak, he said.