The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on wealthy states that already have a sufficient number of coronavirus vaccine doses to share with poorer states that have not yet launched an immunization campaign for citizens at risk. The head of the organization, Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, announced this at a briefing.
According to the head of WHO, now we are talking about 10 million doses for 20 countries.
"I am calling on countries that have vaccines listed by the WHO for emergency use to donate as many doses as possible to help us reach the goal," Gebreyesus said.
He also turned to vaccine manufacturers to help ensure the drugs are transported quickly.
Earlier, a number of ministries of health, national regulatory authorities and public procurement organizations have received suspicious offers to supply Covid-19 vaccines. This was stated by the WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus during the briefing.
Some falsified products are being sold as vaccines on the internet, especially on the dark web, and the WHO is aware of other reports of corruption and re-use of empty vaccine vials.
"We urge the secure disposal or destruction of used and empty vaccine vials to prevent them from being reused by criminal groups. And we urge all people not to buy vaccines outside government-run vaccination programmes," Ghebreyesus said.