WHO calls for equal access to Covid-19 vaccine

World head Organization Head Dr. Tedros Adhanom [Photo: CGTN]

Nov, 24th 2020 – Head of the World head Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom has stated that successful covid-19 vaccines must be distributed equitably. He further says that at least 430 billion shillings is needed to help fund a sharing scheme.

He questioned whether to be worried about whether the country can afford to share or whether the world can afford not to share. This comes as 4 vaccines have currently reported good results from late stage trials.

He noted that the International community must set a new standard for access to the new vaccines and also ensure that they are available to the poorest nations in the world.

He said, “The urgency with which COVID-19 vaccines have been developed must be matched by the same urgency to distribute them fairly.” He added that the question is not on whether the world can afford to share but on whether it can afford not to.

At the WHO regular news briefing in Geneva, Dr. Tedros praised the recent developments of the vaccine including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination being considered by the US Food and Drug Administration and Europe regulators.

He said, “No vaccines in history have been developed as rapidly as these. The scientific community has set a new standard for vaccine development.”

The latest vaccine to prove to be highly effective at stopping people from developing Covid-19 symptoms was developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca which is much cheaper to produce that the other first two. They are projected to have a bigger impact worldwide.

Dr. Tedros has urged more countries to join a landmark global vaccine sharing scheme which WHO helped to create known as Covax where 187 countries have already signed up.

The scheme aims at delivering two billion vaccine dozes around the world by the end of 2021. However, it is struggling to raise funds needed to distribute the supplies to more than 90 low income countries and other economies that have signed up.

Dr. Tedros said that contributing to the effort is not charity but rather the easiest way to end the pandemic and drive the global economic recover.

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