The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that more than 75% of distributed COVID-19 vaccine doses have gone to just 10 countries in the world.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke of the ‘shocking imbalance’, which he said remains in the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Over 3.5 billion vaccines have been distributed globally, but more than 75% of those have gone to just ten countries. The haves are opening up, while the have-nots are locking down.” Dr. Ghebreyesus said.
He further said that in order to deliver vaccine equity, he has teamed up with the World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to intensify capacity building and provide robust joint technical assistance to countries on COVID-19 health, intellectual property and trade-related matters.
“Our global targets are to vaccinate at least: 10% of the population of every country by September 40% by the end of 2021, 70% by mid-2022, to reach these targets and end the COVID-19 pandemic, we need 11 billion doses of vaccine.” He said.
Hence the need to urgently scale up the COVID-19 vaccines production.
“This can be done by removing the barriers to scaling up manufacturing. This pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that demands unprecedented action. With so many lives on the line, profits & patents must come second.”