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WHO Head castigates rich nations over COVID vaccine supply

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has castigated rich nations over hoarding COVID-19 vaccines.

In the Friday Press Conference, Dr. Tedros condemned global failure for the continuing rate of COVID-19 infections in developing nations.

The WHO DG said that the situation in Africa is worsening due to the global failure of vaccine equity.

Global failure

“Our world is failing, as the global community we are failing,” he said in the news conference, castigating the rich countries for reluctance in sharing doses with the poorer nations.

“I mean, that attitude (of neglecting poorer nations) has to be a thing of the past,” Dr. Tedros said, “The problem now is a supply problem, just give us the vaccines.

“The difference is between those who have and those who don’t, which is now completely exposing the unfairness we have in our world – the injustice, the inequality, let’s face it.

The level of paternalism, the colonial mindset that say ‘we can’t give you anything because we are afraid that you will not use it’. I mean, seriously, in the middle of a pandemic?” Dr Tedros castigated.

No supply to COVAX

WHO senior advisor, Burce Aylward, said they had gotten no vaccine supply in the major vaccines this month.

“Through this month, we have got zero doses of AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccines, zero of the SII vaccines (Serum Institute of India) and zeros doses of the J&J (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine,” Bruce said, “The situation is dire.”

COVAX, run by the GAVI Alliance and the WHO, has so far delivered 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 132 countries, but that has been nowhere near enough. In addition, major supply constraints have faced the COVAX facilities, with surging infections in India also leading to the shortage.

India’s Serum Institute stopped the export of vaccines in April as cases surged in the country, further crippling an already limping COVAX vaccine supply chain.

Developed nations have already vaccinated most of their population, with many low-income countries still struggling to vaccinate their at-risk population.

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