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WHO says nearly a billion doses of G7 vaccine is still not enough

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WHO praised the contribution of 870 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by G7 countries, but said that more vaccines are still needed at a faster rate.

“This is a huge help, but we still need more vaccines and we need to deliver them even faster,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on June 14. mentioned the G7 group’s plan to expand the production of Covid-19 vaccines to provide 870 million doses to the world through sharing and funding programs.

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine was deployed in February. Photo: AFP.

The WHO director-general said that there are still many areas that need to be provided with a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible, adding that every day about 10,000 people die from the pandemic and critical patients in Africa have a high mortality rate. much higher than the world average.

US President Joe Biden last week pledged to contribute 500 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to 92 low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX mechanism, of which 200 million doses will be delivered by 2022.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on June 10 that the country would fund at least 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 5 million starting in the coming weeks. European Union (EU) members have agreed to fund at least 100 million doses by the end of 2021, with France and Germany each pledging to provide 30 million. French President Emmanuel Macron called on pharmaceutical groups that produce vaccines to donate 10% of production to poor countries.

The successive pledges come amid growing calls for rich countries to do more to share vaccines with the rest of the world. However, observers say the effort so far has been a “salt in the water” and the world needs more, while some humanitarian organizations warn that vaccination inequality will lead to ” vaccine racism”.

The COVAX initiative is supported by WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunity (GAVI). The program aims to secure 2 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine this year, providing 30% of the population in the 92 poorest countries and territories participating in the program, but is facing many difficulties due to tight supply. rarity, inequality and distributional delays.

Vu Anh (According to the Reuters)

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