The World Health Organization (WHO), which last month asked the most advanced countries in the vaccination of covid-19 not to administer booster doses before the end of September, has extended its request until the end of the year given this Thursday the unequal distribution of vaccines .
“There has been little change in the global situation, so today I ask to extend the moratorium until at least the end of this year, to allow all countries to vaccinate at least 40% of their population,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , the Director-General of WHO.
“We are not sharing them”
The head of the WHO has lamented there is an unequal distribution of vaccines and has assured that “a number of people are dying that they should not” despite having solutions to stop the transmission. He himself has assured that the problem is that ” we are not sharing them ”.
Covax, an insufficient plan to vaccinate poor countries
Adhanom explained that developed countries promised to donate more than one billion doses and “only 15% have materialized.” And that the pharmaceutical companies would give priority to the COVAX vaccine delivery program but “they have not done so . ” “We do not want promises, we want vaccines” has reiterated the director of the WHO.
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This Tuesday the International Federation of Pharmacists (FIP) said that now that developed countries have vaccinated most of their population is when the focus can be changed to a greater distribution of vaccines to developing countries. In this sense, the Ethiopian stressed that ” the WHO asked for an equal distribution from the beginning , not when the richest countries had completed their vaccinations.” In this regard, the director of the WHO has promised that “he will not remain silent when companies and the governments that control the global supply chain believe that we are going to settle for scraps. “
At different rates
Tedros has insisted that the pandemic is currently advancing at two different speeds . One in which rich countries have managed to unlink infections and deaths and the other, in which the poorest countries continue to have high mortality rates .
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“We have heard from manufacturers and high-income countries the excuse that the poorest economies cannot handle large quantities of doses, but almost all of them have a lot of experience with large-scale vaccinations,” he said.