The World Health Organization is calling for wealthy countries to speed up redistribution of COVID vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries.
Former co-chairs of the WHO’s Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, in a report earlier this year called for one billion doses to be shared by September 1, with a further billion by mid-2022.
But as the first deadline is reached, they have expressed their concern over high-income countries not sharing enough of their vaccine doses quickly enough.
The former panel co-chairs said, “The 600 million doses that have already been pledged now need to be delivered with urgency.”
So far, 5.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data, with 40 percent of the world population having received at least one dose.