WHO chief calls for fair allocations of COVID-19 vaccine after Pfizer and BioNTech's latest results, says no country should be left behind
Addressing the member states at the 73rd World Health Assembly on Tuesday, the
"I called on Member States to reiterate their commitment to fair allocation of a #COVID19 vaccine. We mustn't leave any country behind in the response," Ghebreyesus said.
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The issue of challenges of distributing a potential vaccine such as the one being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was also raised by Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's Regional Director for Africa.
"The exciting news yesterday (Monday) of a possible effective vaccine becoming available presages significant cold chains challenges for African countries by the type of vaccine that that is. Which will need to be factored into the support to be provided," Moeti said.
In his opening speech at the World Health Assembly on Monday, the WHO chief said that a vaccine is needed urgently to control the pandemic.
"But as you know, it will not fix the vulnerabilities at its roots," he said.
"A vaccine cannot address the global under-investment in essential public health functions and resilient health systems, nor the urgent need for a 'One Health' approach that encompasses the health of humans, animals and the planet we share.
Advertisement"There is no vaccine for poverty, hunger, climate change or inequality," the WHO chief said.
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