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Covid-19: the pandemic “will last a year longer than it should” if vaccines do not reach the poorest countries, warns WHO


Vaccine shipment

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A shipment of covid vaccines from the Covax mechanism landed in Sudan in early October.

The covid-19 pandemic “will last a year longer than it should” because the poorest countries are not receiving the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, one of the leaders of the WHO, said that, in this context, the crisis caused by the spread of SARS-Cov-2 could “easily last until 2022.”

Less than 5% of the population of Africa has been vaccinated with both doses, compared to 40% on most other continents.

The original idea behind Covax, the United Nations-backed global program to distribute vaccines fairly, was that all countries could acquire vaccines through that mechanism, including participating wealthy countries.


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