Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, noted vaccine injustice worldwide. “Instead of including your children and young people in the vaccination program, donate those vaccines to poor countries,” Ghebreyesus said in his speech, addressing high-income countries.
The Covid-19 outbreak could be more deadly in its second year, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned at a news conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.
Noting the worldwide vaccine injustice, Ghebreyesus pointed out that in poor countries, health workers and elderly groups are still not vaccinated, and hospitals are overflowing.
“Currently, only 0.3 percent of vaccine supply goes to low-income countries,” Ghebreyesus warned, urging rich countries to support the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Program (COVAX). “I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and young people. But right now I’m urging them to reconsider and donate the vaccines to COVAX instead,” he said.
TODAY, 3.34 MILLION PEOPLE LOST LIVES DUE TO CORONA
As of today, 3.34 million people have died worldwide due to the outbreak, the total number of cases exceeds 161 million and 1.26 million doses of covid-19 vaccine have been administered, according to the WHO.