Covax manufacturers should commit half of the doses, WHO urges

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Islam News – Coronavirus vaccine manufacturers should commit half of the doses they produce this year to Covax, the initiative to distribute vaccines more equitably worldwide, the head of the World Health Organization said Monday.

The call by WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus comes amid a wider push by the agency to inoculate 30 percent of the global population by the end of the year.

In remarks to reporters at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Tedros urged manufacturers to give Covax “first right of refusal on new volume of vaccines, or to commit 50 percent of their volumes to Covax this year.”

“Sharing vaccines now is essential for ending the acute phase of the pandemic,” he said. “But it’s also clear that in an emergency, low-income countries cannot rely solely on imports of vaccines from wealthier nations.”

More than 2.1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered globally. But most of the shots have been distributed in North America and Europe, as well as in middle-income nations like China, India and Brazil, which have accelerated their inoculation programs in recent months.

Death rates have also plummeted in wealthier countries but rose last week in Africa, the Americas and the Western Pacific region, Tedros said.

“Globally, we continue to see encouraging signs in the trajectory of the pandemic. However, we still see a mixed picture around the world,” he said. “Increasingly, we see a two-track pandemic: many countries still face an extremely dangerous situation, while some of those with the highest vaccination rates are starting to talk about ending restrictions.”

Source : the Washington Post