WTO calls for expanding Covid-19 vaccine production and trade
Geneva, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday called on vaccine makers to expand the production to provide low-income countries with greater access to these drugs and fight the shortage of vaccine supply.
WTO´s Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala claimed that cooperation in commercial sphere and the adoption of measures would help accelerate the increased vaccine availability.
The shortage of Covid-19 vaccine supplies has led to a situation where about 60 countries can move on their vaccination campaigns, while 130 nations is currently seen as their people die, Okonjo-Iweala said at the Global Summit on Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Vaccines C19.
Such a situation is morally inconceivable, she assured, and would prolong the pandemic and cause economic damage to all nations, so instead of restricting exports and increasing prices it is critical to help in dealing with this global problem.
Okonjo-Iweala, however, sees hope in the first Covax vaccine doses sent to developing countries, a global mechanism for the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, even though production and delivery doses are too low.
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