Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on rich countries to stop postponing boost vaccines Covid-19 until the end of September to help poor countries get doses.
“Even while hundreds of millions of people are still waiting for their first dose, some rich countries are moving to a booster dose,” he said. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief, said.
To date, more than 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
Of these, “more than 80 percent went to high- and higher-middle-income countries,” which make up less than half of the world’s population.
On the other hand, “low-income countries could only administer 1.5 doses for every 100 people due to a lack of supplies,” Ghebreyesus said.
While the governments are concerned about the increase in the Delta variant and therefore want to protect their citizens with extra shots, “the most vulnerable people in the world remain unprotected”.
“We cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines, and are using even more of them,” he said.
At the end of May, Ghebreyesus called for global support for a “sprint to September” so that by the end of September each country could vaccinate at least 10 percent of its population.
Ghebreyesus has urgently turned around, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries to the majority to low-income countries.
“The WHO calls for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September, so that at least 10 percent of each country’s population can be vaccinated,” he said.
He also called on the G20 countries to ‘make concrete commitments in support of the WHO’s global vaccination objectives’.
G20 countries are, he said, the biggest producers, the biggest consumers and the biggest donors of Covid-19 vaccines.
Several countries in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have not received vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Israel, France and Russia have already started a third dose, Germany and the UK have announced plans to administer soon.
Source: Telangana Today