WorldWHO: Developed countries are hoarding vaccines to prolong the Covid-19 pandemic

WHO: Developed countries are hoarding vaccines to prolong the Covid-19 pandemic


WHO technical director for Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said: “The hoarding of medical supplies we see happened at the start of the pandemic with PPE. unjust and immoral but also prolongs the pandemic and as a result many people are still dying from this disease.”
Vaccines are being delivered to poor countries through the COVAX mechanism, supported by WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). However, rich countries have been criticized for stockpiling vaccines, while many less developed countries with low vaccination rates are still struggling to find supplies.

Many poor countries are having low vaccination rates because of a lack of supply of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The developed world, the industrialized world doesn’t seem to understand this. It really is. It’s nice to talk about sharing, about equity, but the reality is that countries are hoarding and not sharing at all. “, WHO emergencies program director Mike Ryan.

According to GAVI data, more than 230 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered to 139 countries, compared with the goal of ensuring 2 billion doses of vaccine for poor countries by the end of 2021.

Besides, Mr. Ryan said access to Covid-19 treatments is also unfair.

WHO: Developed countries are hoarding vaccines to prolong the Covid-19 pandemic - Photo 2

Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX program are being delivered to poor countries.

“That unfairness is not as obvious and overt as a vaccine, but we reiterate that the injustice is still the same.”

According to Ryan, no treatment is safe or effective enough to be deployed on a larger scale. However, he cautions that the distribution needs to be fair.

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