The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday accused « some rich countries of undermining » the Covax vaccine distribution system, by persisting in reaching out directly to manufacturers to access more doses.
“Some rich countries are currently approaching manufacturers to guarantee access to additional doses of vaccines (…) and that is why the number of doses assigned to Covax has been reduced”, criticized the CEO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference.
The Covax system was created to try to prevent rich countries from They will monopolize the vaccines that are still manufactured in quantities too small to meet world demand.
The Covax system includes a funding mechanism that allows 92 nations with low- and middle-income economies to have access to vaccines.
But the shortage means that the first distributions to poor countries are not made until the end of the month, while in many rich countries vaccination campaigns began at the end of 2020.
Responding to a question about the substantial commitments made by the United States and the European Union to significantly increase their contribution to Covax, the Director General expressed his frustration.
« Having the money means nothing, if you can’t use it to buy vaccines », He said.
« And we can only deliver vaccines to Covax member countries if rich countries cooperate by respecting contracts »he insisted.
I further urge those countries to did not identify, to make sure not to undermine the distribution system overseen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the vaccine alliance (Gavi) among others.