Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Head of World Health Organization said on Monday, that the world is on the brink of a “catastrophic moral failure” in regards to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, he warned and urge nations to fairly share vaccine doses across the world.
He said equitable distributions of the coronavirus vaccines are at serious risk.
WHO-led initiative COVAX aims to start distributing inoculations by next month, the program targets poor countries to be provided with COVID-19 vaccines.
44 bilateral deals were signed last year and 12 have already been signed this year, adding that “This could delay COVAX deliveries and create exactly the scenario COVAX was designed to avoid, with hoarding, a chaotic market, an uncoordinated response, and continued social and economic disruption,”.
According to Adhanom “me-first approach” will leave world’s poorest countries vulnerable and at risk of the pandemic.
“Ultimately these actions will only prolong the pandemic.” Adhanom said.
Countries around the globe demand coronavirus vaccines and scramble for the jabs have intensified as different variants of COVID-19 spreads.
He cited that more than 39 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to 49 rich countries, Aljazeera reported.
Previously, Tedros appealed to drugmakers and wealthy nations to stop bilateral deals, and that this could hurt the UN efforts to widen COVID-19 Vaccine access.
In December 2021, the People’s Vaccine Alliance in a report warned that more than 90% of the population in poor countries will miss out on getting coronavirus jabs.
According to Aljazeera, the alliance said, wealthy nations stocked enough doses to vaccinate their entire population, leaving 67 poor countries with only one person to get vaccinated in 10 people.