As the corona nightmare continues around the world, the increase in vaccines approved for emergency use and the increase in production capacity are giving rise to hope. However, equitable distribution of vaccines is also of great importance in the fight against the pandemic. Against this backdrop, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that people will continue to die as long as global vaccine inequality persists. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that nearly 90% of coronavirus vaccines are given in the G-20 countries (20 countries with the best economy in the world), “As long as inequality global vaccine industry persists, people will continue to die, ”he said.
‘FAILURE FOR HUMANITY’
Speaking on Friday at the World Health Summit hosted by G-20 Mandate President Italy and the European Union (EU) in Rome, Ghebreyesus said: “Yes, the rapid development of COVID- vaccines 19 is a triumph of science. But their unfair distribution is a failure for humanity, ”he said. Ghebreyesus warned: “We can only end the epidemic if everyone has the tools (in their hands) to stop it.” Speaking to leaders of the G-20 countries, Ghebreyesus quickly called on the WHO’s COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access Program (COVAX) to donate more COVID-19 vaccines. Ghebreyesus stressed that the G20 has all the potential to vaccinate the world and the world cannot wait any longer when it comes to vaccines.
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COMMITMENTS OF HOPE
At the top, Ghebreyesus’ appeal did not go unanswered. Major US vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have pledged to sell a total of 3.5 billion doses of vaccine to poor countries at cost or at a discount by the end of 2022. The EU has pledged 100 million doses of vaccine and China pledged $ 3 billion.