World vaccine is in danger of apartheid, says WHO chief Tedros Adnom Ghebayeus

Tedros Adnom Ghebreyus also noted that the basic problem of vaccine inequality was a lack of sharing.

Paris:

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adnom Ghebayeus said on Monday that the world is at risk of ‘vaccine apartheid’, highlighting the vaccination gap between high-income countries and low and low-middle countries.

Speaking at the Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting, Tedros Adnom Ghebreyes said: “I think I will go a step further and not only say that the world is at risk of vaccine apartheid, the world is under vaccine apartheid.”

“As you know, high-income countries account for 15 percent of the world’s population, but 45 percent of the world’s vaccines. Low and low-middle countries account for about half of the world’s population, but they have just 17 percent. Has only been received. Of the world’s vaccines. So this difference is really huge, “he further commented.

The WHO chief further highlighted that at least 63 million doses of vaccines have been sent to 124 countries and economies, but they represent just 0.5 percent of the combined population of those countries.

He also noted that the root problem of vaccine inequality was a lack of sharing, which could be funded by fully sharing access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) accelerators by sharing financial resources, dose sharing with COVAX, and in a big way Technology sharing can be solved. Manufacture of vaccines.

“Even now, some high-income countries are moving to vaccinate children and adolescents, while health workers, older people, and other at-risk groups around the world remain unaffiliated,” said Tedros Adnom Ghebreyesus.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday (local time) that the United States would share 80 million vaccine doses globally over the next six weeks, five times more than any other country that produced. Represents 13 percent of vaccines. Country by the end of June

Joe Biden said during his address, “Today, we are taking an extra step to help the world. We know that America will not be completely safe unless the global epidemic is under control.” Come. No ocean is wide enough, no wall. Enough to keep us safe. “

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