The world on the brink of catastrophic moral failure: WHO on vaccine distribution

As several countries have rolled out coronavirus vaccines, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned the fairness of vaccine distribution and said the world was on the verge of “catastrophic moral failure”.

Speaking at the WHO virtual board meeting, Tedros said: “I have to be frank: the world is on the brink of catastrophic moral failure – and the price for this failure will be paid in lives. and in livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries. . ”

Stressing that “the promise of equitable access to vaccines against Covid-19 is under serious threat,” he said, “more than 39 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in at least 49 high-income countries . Only 25 doses have been administered in a country with the lowest income. Not 25 million, not 25,000, just 25. ”

The warning comes despite COVAX, a global initiative, formed nine months ago to ensure fair and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for every country, reported Voice of America.

The WHO chief said these actions will not help stop the spread of the coronavirus but “will only prolong the pandemic”.

“Immunization equity is not just a moral imperative, it is a strategic and economic imperative,” he added.

According to the latest update from Johns Hopkins University, around the world, a total of 95,392,103 cases of Covid-19 and 2,035,895 deaths have been reported so far.

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