The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of this year and to 70 percent by mid-2022.
As explained at a press conference by the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to vaccinate 70 percent of the world’s population at least 11 billion doses of vaccines. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has detailed that it would cost about 8,000 million dollars (6,900 million euros) to vaccinate 40 percent of the planet by the end of this year.
“It is a budgeted, coordinated and credible way out of the COVID-19 pandemic for all, everywhere. Without a coordinated and equitable approach, the reduction of cases in any country will not be sustained over time. For the good of all, we must urgently bring all countries to a high level of vaccination coverage, “said Guterres.
By the end of September this year, as Tedros recalled, more than 6.4 billion doses had already been administered worldwide, with almost a third of the world’s population fully vaccinated. “Therefore, it is not a question of supply, but of allocation,” he defended.
Tedros has insisted that “there are already contracts for the remaining 5,000 million doses“” But it is essential that these doses reach where they are most needed, giving priority to the elderly, health workers and other risk groups, “he claimed.
For this reason, he has asked countries and companies that control the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to “prioritize contracts with COVAX and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) for deliveries and donated doses.”
The top leader of the UN international health organization has warned of the “terrible inequality” in access to vaccines. “Upper- and upper-middle-income countries have used 75 percent of all COVID-19 vaccines produced so far. Low-income countries have received less than half of 1 percent of the world’s vaccines. In Africa, less than 5 percent of people are fully vaccinated, “he has detailed in this regard.
At the beginning of this year, WHO set a goal for all countries to vaccinate 10 percent of their population by the end of SeptemberBut 56 countries, the vast majority of them in Africa and the Middle East, failed due to lack of access to vaccines.
In this context, Tedros has stated that “equity in vaccines will accelerate the end of the pandemic.” “Reaching the WHO vaccine equity goals will substantially increase the immunity of the population worldwide, protect health systems, allow economies to fully restart and reduce the risk of new variants emerging,” he claimed.
To reach the global vaccination targets set by the WHO, they consider that all older adults, health workers and high-risk groups of all ages should start, in all countries vaccinated first, followed by the full adult age group in all countries and, lastly, the vaccination of adolescents.
Tedros has appealed to COVID-19 vaccine producing countries to that “allow the free cross-border flow of finished vaccines and raw materials, and to allow the exchange of technical knowledge, technology and licenses.”
As for the vaccine manufacturers, he has once again demanded that they “prioritize and comply with the contracts with COVAX and AVAT as a matter of urgency, be more transparent as to what is destined for each place and share technical knowledge and non-licenses. exclusive so that all regions can increase their manufacturing capacity. ”
Finally, he has asked the global and regional multilateral development banks to “support countries to more quickly access the capital they need to finance vaccine supply programs.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.