UN chief Antonio Guterres said vaccine discrimination was “not only immoral, but stupid” because it would lead to new forms and more deaths.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for b 2 billion in funding to ensure that the Covid-1 vaccine is properly distributed worldwide and that all countries are freed from an epidemic that has killed more than five million people.
Speaking at an event to launch a new global vaccination strategy with the World Health Organization (WHO), Guterres said Thursday that the unequal distribution of jabs is dangerous because it could give rise to new forms and cause more deaths.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on G20 leaders to meet later this month to express their “desire to vaccinate the world”.
“Vaccine inequality is the best ally in the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic,” Guterres said, as he appealed to rich countries that have so far received most of the world’s vaccines.
“It is allowing alternative development and wild running, condemning the world to millions more deaths and prolonging the economic recession that could cost trillions of dollars.”
The goal of the WHO’s new strategy is to vaccinate 40 percent of the population in all countries by the end of this year and 100 percent by mid-2022. It is that many rich countries are already considering “booster” shots for vaccinators.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gabreiasus said: “Science has played a role in providing life-saving tools that are faster and more powerful than any outbreak in history.
“But the concentration of those tools in the hands of a few countries and organizations has led to a global catastrophe where the rich are protected and the poor are exposed to the deadly virus. We can still achieve the goals for this year and next, but it will take a level of political commitment, action and cooperation, which we have seen so far. “
Guterres noted that “plenty” of “so far” initiatives have failed to meet the initial criteria of 10 percent vaccination in all countries by the end of September.
“It’s not just a question of being unethical about not distributing vaccines fairly – it’s also a question of being stupid,” he told a news conference after the launch.
The WHO says more than 6. billion billion doses of the vaccine have been given worldwide, with about one-third of the world’s population fully vaccinated.
But according to the UN health agency, high- and middle-income countries have so far used three-quarters of the dose produced.
Citing a “terrible inequality”, the WHO’s Ghebreyasus said low-income countries had received less than half of the world’s vaccinations, and less than 5 percent of people in Africa had been fully vaccinated.
He said a total of 11 billion doses would be needed to meet the new target.
“It’s not a supply problem; This is an allocation problem, ”Gabrias stressed, as he reiterated the need to increase support for pharmaceutical companies and rich-world governments and to pledge COVAX, the UN-backed global vaccine sharing scheme, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust. AVAT.
According to the WHO, global vaccine production is currently running at about 1.5 billion doses per month.
“This is an expensive, integrated and reliable way for everyone, everywhere, from the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic,” Guterres said.