WHO: Inequity in access to vaccines “scandalous”

Warning it was “perpetuating the pandemic,” the overall inequity in access to vaccines as “scandalous,” according to the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Over 75 percent of all COVID-19 vaccines have gone to just 10 countries.

He said, “The number of doses administered globally so far would have been enough to cover all health workers and older people if they had been distributed equitably. There is no diplomatic way to say it: that small group of countries that make and buy the majority of the world’s vaccines control the fate of the rest of the world.”

He urged countries that have large stocks of vaccines to share them, and greater cooperation to scale up production and distribution of the jabs.

The WHO and others have created Covax, a global vaccine-sharing programme, but it remains severely underfunded and has faced significant supply shortages, delaying efforts to roll out jabs in poorer countries.

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