High-Income Country Vaccine Agreements Undermine COVAX

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that agreements between some high-income countries and manufacturers of vaccines against
COVID-19 they are undermining the WHO-led COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses COVAX can purchase.

« However, it is important to note that money is not the only challenge we face. If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant, » WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference today. .

Currently, some high-income countries are entering into contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the agreements that COVAX has in place and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy, the WHO chief said.

« Even if we have the funds, we can only provide vaccines to the poorest countries if the high-income countries cooperate by respecting the agreements that COVAX has reached and the new agreements that it is making, » he said.

« This is not a charity issue. It is an epidemiology issue. Unless the pandemic ends everywhere, it will end nowhere, » he added.

The WHO chief called on all countries, including high-income countries, to share vaccine doses immediately, and urged manufacturers to prioritize contracts with COVAX and significantly increase vaccine production.

According to WHO statistics, the pandemic of COVID-19 It has infected more than 110 million people and claimed nearly 2.5 million lives so far, in addition to resulting in millions of lost sources of income, closing schools and convulsing the global economy.

« It has exposed and taken advantage of the failures, inequalities, injustices and contradictions of our world, within countries and between countries, » said the head of the WHO in another meeting held today.

The good news is that the number of cases reported each week has been declining for six consecutive weeks and the number of deaths has also declined for three consecutive weeks. Furthermore, the development and approval of safe and effective vaccines is giving everyone hope that this pandemic can be controlled.

So far some 200 million doses of the vaccines have been administered, mostly in the world’s richest countries, so the WHO chief has been reiterating that equity in vaccination is « our highest priority and we are not we will stop until we get it. « 

Considered the most powerful weapon against the pandemic, vaccination campaigns with licensed vaccines against COVID-19 they are ongoing in some countries of the world.

Another 251 vaccine candidates are still in development worldwide, 70 of which are in clinical trials in countries such as Germany, Italy, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to data released Feb. 19 by the World Organization. Of the health.

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