The statement comes from last week when the United States, Canada and Switzerland announced plans to launch coronavirus vaccination for young people.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), wealthy countries should postpone plans to vaccinate children and teens with COVID-19 and instead donate jabs to low-income countries.
“In the few developed countries that have acquired most of the vaccine supply, low-risk groups are now vaccinated,” said WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes recently in Geneva. I told reporters at a virtual conference.
“I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but now I’m rethinking and urging them to donate vaccines to Covax instead,” said Ghebreyesus.
A statement was released last week as the United States, Canada and Switzerland announced plans to launch coronavirus vaccination for young people.
The global distribution of COVID vaccines remains highly heterogeneous. Four of the world’s high-income countries, with a population of 1.2 billion (16% of the world’s population), account for 4.6 billion doses (53% of all purchased doses). Meanwhile, low-income countries hold only 770 million doses, according to a study by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. Studies show that the United States is expected to overdose more than 300 million coronavirus vaccines by the end of July.
The United States, followed by China and India, administer the most vaccines overall. However, some African countries have not yet launched vaccination campaigns.
“The fact that so many people are not yet protected is a sad reflection on the major distortions in access to vaccines around the world,” Ghebreyesus said. Currently, only 0.3 percent of vaccine supply goes to low-income countries. Therefore, many low- and middle-income countries do not even have the supply of vaccines to immunize health care workers and care workers, he lamented.
“Trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting deadly respiratory viruses,” he said.
The Global Fair Access Scheme Covax is co-led by WHO, the Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi), and is signed by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, as a key implementation partner. 92 of the poorest countries in the world.
The plan was aimed at starting with health care workers and first inoculating 20 percent of the population in these countries.
“Combination of public health measures and vaccination to save lives and livelihoods is not one or the other, but the only way out of the pandemic,” said Gebreez.
“COVID-19 has already killed more than 3.3 million people, and the second year of this pandemic will be far more deadly than the first,” he said.
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