New targets set by WHO to vaccinate the poorest countries of the world
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization has said that the COVID-19 pandemic is getting prolonged as there is a “scandalous inequality” in the distribution of vaccines. He talked about 75% of the vaccines being administered in only 10 countries causing a vaccine inequality and said that WHO will setup new targets so as to vaccinate the poorest countries of the world.
New Targets of WHO
The director-general has said that under the COVAX facility 72 million vaccines have been provided to 125 countries which sums up to only 1% population of the world. The director-general of WHO has urged the countries to donate vaccines to the COVAX facility so that by September 10% of the world’s population can get vaccinated, and 30% by the end of the year. WHO has also urged vaccine manufacturers to give 50% of the vaccines to COVAX or else to provide them with the first right of refusal. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also urged for the improvement the funding received by WHO.
COVAX or COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access is vaccine facility initiative set up by the joint collaboration of WHO, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Under this facility developing or poor countries will have access to vaccines so that no one remains unvaccinated across the world.
Founded in the year 1948 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The current Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.