Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking at the World Leadership Forum, said about the “terrible inequality” in access to COVID-19 vaccines in the world. The text of his speech is published on the WHO website.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that by now almost a third of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, in total more than six billion doses of vaccines have been administered. At the same time, he stressed that 75 percent of vaccines were received by upper-middle-income and high-income countries, and less than half of one percent of the global volume was delivered to low-income countries. According to him, only 4 percent of the population in Africa is fully vaccinated.
The head of WHO recalled that the organization’s goal is to vaccinate 40 percent of the population of each country by the end of 2021 and 70 percent by mid-2022. To do this, it is necessary that the countries and companies controlling the global supply of vaccines contribute.
Earlier, Gebreyesus called mandatory vaccination passports discrimination, but promised to introduce them after the vaccines become available to the whole world.