The goal of the Global Covid-1V vaccination strategy is to vaccinate 40 percent of people in all countries by the end of the year and 70 percent of people by mid-2022.
The WHO had earlier in the month pressed the government to vaccinate 10 percent of the world’s population. However, more than 55 countries, mainly in Africa and the Middle East, have missed the target.
Commenting on the virtual launch, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has strongly supported the global plan, called on countries to unify and make it a success.
“Without a coherent, equitable approach, litigation in any one country cannot be sustained over time. In the interest of all, we must urgently bring all countries to a higher level of vaccine coverage,He is speaking from New York.
A ‘two-track epidemic’
As of Thursday, more than 235.6 million Kovid-1 cases have been confirmed worldwide, and according to the latest WHO data, nearly five million people have died.
The new strategy needs to provide 11 billion vaccines to defeat the UN agency’s “two-track epidemic” label.
Although about .5.5 billion doses have been administered worldwide by the end of September and about one-third of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, vaccine inequality persists.
“High- and upper-middle-income countries have used 75 percent of all vaccines produced so far,” he said.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gabrieusas spoke from its headquarters in Geneva.
Meanwhile, Less than half of the one percent dose went to low-income countries. “In Africa, less than five percent of people are fully vaccinated,” he added.
Vaccines for everyone
Tedros said global vaccine production currently stands at 1.5 billion doses per month, which means “we have adequate supplies to achieve our goals, if they are evenly distributed”.
“It’s not a supply problem; This is an allocation problem, ”he added.
The strategy calls for a three-step approach to vaccination, starting with the protection of older people, health workers and high-risk groups of all ages. All the adults in each country are next, then the teenagers.
Although funding has been secured for most of the vaccines needed for poorer countries, including the Covax Solidarity Initiative and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), additional investment is needed.
‘We have the tools’
“We urge vaccine manufacturers to prioritize and fulfill agreements with CoVAX and EVAT, to be more transparent about what is happening where, and to share knowledge and non-exclusive licenses to all regions to increase production capacity. , ”Said Tedros.
Countries that make vaccines should allow limited flow of vaccines and raw materials, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge, technology and licenses. Governments were urged to update their national vaccine goals and plans “to direct production investment and vaccine distribution”.
Tedros said the strategy could be achieved if countries and companies regulating vaccine supply prioritize COVAX and AVAT for vaccine distribution and grants.
“We have the tools to control epidemics, if we use them properly and share them fairly.” He said.