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WHO chief calls for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide

09.01.2021 121 просмотров

All countries in the world must commit themselves to the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure that vaccines are affordable and accessible to all countries, regardless of their financial situation. 

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for this the other day.

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According to the WHO chief, 42 countries currently have safe and effective vaccinations, of which 36 are high-income countries and six are middle-income countries.

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However, low-income countries and most middle-income countries have not yet received vaccines, and the vast majority of vaccine doses available have been purchased by the wealthy countries.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that this could potentially lead to higher prices for vaccines, in as a result, populations at high risk of contracting COVID-19 in the poorest and most marginalized countries will not have access to vaccination.

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People in all countries should be vaccinated in an equitable manner, said the WHO director general, adding that equitable distribution of vaccines may not not only to save many lives, but also to stabilize the healthcare system, thereby contributing to the recovery of the world economy.

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