WHO lacks 550 mln doses of Covid vaccine to immunize 40% of population by end of year

Source : 112 Ukraine

COVAX has already shipped almost 500 million vaccines to 144 countries and territories
09:23, 14 November 2021


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has named the number of vaccines needed to achieve the global immunization plan against Covid-19 by the end of the year. He stated this during a briefing, according to the press service of the WHO. 

"To reach WHO’s target of vaccinating 40% of the population of every country by the end of this year, we need an additional 550 million doses – about 10 days’ production," Ghebreyesus said. 

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According to him, COVAX has already shipped almost 500 million vaccines to 144 countries and territories.

"Vaccines alone will not end the pandemic, but we cannot end the pandemic unless we solve the global vaccine crisis," he added.

Earlier, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemned the widespread use of booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

"It makes no sense to give boosters to healthy adults or to vaccinate children, when healthworkers, older people & other high-risk groups around the world are still waiting for their 1st dose," he said.

The WHO Director-General emphasized that six times more booster doses are used every day in the world than the first injections given in countries with a low standard of living. He called this situation a scandal.

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