The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that inequities in access to the Covid-19 vaccine are "shocking" and could be fatal and devastating. This was reported by Xinhua.
It is noted that now, almost 70% of people who received the vaccine live in the 50 richest countries, while in the poorest 50 countries - only 0.1%. Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Secretary-General, said the phenomenon was alarming and could prolong or even exacerbate the epidemic.
“We are all in the same boat in the race to end this pandemic. We cannot sacrifice the most at-risk people in some countries to enable the least-at-risk in other countries to be vaccinated,” he stressed.
To improve the situation, the IFRC announced a plan to support the vaccination of 500 million people, for the implementation of which will be allocated about $ 112 million. The IFRC aims to help many countries develop and implement vaccination programs, including building confidence in vaccines and countering misinformation about their effectiveness.
As we reported earlier, over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 3,370 new cases of Covid-19, including 188 children and 96 healthcare workers.
1,869 people have been taken to hospitals during this period; 81 patients deceased, and 2,297 recovered. 19,500 tests have been taken.
Most of the confirmed cases have been observed in Ivano-Frankivsk (454), Odesa (212), Lviv (202), Dnipropetrovsk (198) regions, and Kyiv city (197).