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WHO lacks funds to combat Covid pandemic, - media

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The initial program created for this purpose is still badly underfunded
08:04, 4 August 2021

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The WHO doesn't get enough funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic. As the Delta strain marches across the globe, the Organization needs 11.5 billion dollars.

Reuters news agency cited a document, in which the WHO claims that much of the money is supposed to cover the purchase of tests, oxygen supplies and masks for poor countries. A quarter of that sum should go to purchase of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

"The programme, set up at the start of the pandemic, remains vastly underfunded, and its coordinators are now acknowledging it will remain so as many governments look to address global COVID needs "differently", an ACT-A official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. As a result, it has cut by nearly $5 billion its total request for funds, the document shows. But it still needs $16.8 billion, almost as much as what has been raised so far, and $7.7 billion is required urgently", reads the story.

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The Organization urges financial authorities to assign extra 3.8 billion USD to purchase 760 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19, which are supposed to be delivered next year.

"These options to buy need to be exercised in the coming months or vaccine doses will be lost," the document says.

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