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WHO: Pandemic to linger without balanced vaccine distribution

Jul 22, 2021, 5:37 AM
Opinyon News Team

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Dr. Babatunde Olowokure, WHO regional emergency director for the Western Pacific is calling on richer nations to equitably distribute the Covid-19 vaccines if they want to hasten the end of pandemic.

RICHER nations need to “equitably distribute” Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries to halt the fast spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, an official of the World Health Organization said.

"Although significant progress has been made, there remains a major imbalance in the distribution of this vaccine," Dr. Babatunde Olowokure, WHO regional emergency director for the Western Pacific, said in a media interview Thursday (July 22).

To date, more than 3.4 billion jabs have been administered worldwide against the illness, Olowokure said.

Of the 129 million doses shipped to 136 participants through the vaccine sharing scheme COVAX facility, more than 21 million were delivered in the Western Pacific Region, he added.

"So, WHO is now calling for a massive vaccine push to vaccinate at least 40 percent of the population of every country by the end of the year and 70 percent by mid next year," he said.
"If we meet those targets, not just in the Philippines, but elsewhere in the region and globally, we cannot only end the pandemic, we can also reboot the global economy. So, as you are aware, until all countries are safe, no country is safe," he added.

Tags: #Covid19, #Covid19vaccine, #vaccineinequality, #WorldHealthOrganization


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