WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom explained he understands the concern of governments to protect their citizens from the Delta variant, but cannot understand the use of most of those antigens in wealthier territories, while vulnerable people worldwide remain unprotected.
On a virtual conference, the WHO’s representative noted that over 80 percent of vaccines administered worldwide are concentrated in high-income countries, despite the fact they represent half of the global population.
‘In May, I called for global support to do a ‘sprint’ to September so that nations would have at least 10 percent of their population vaccinated by the end of September; we are now halfway through that period and still off target,’ he underscored.
The leader indicated that in May, high-income countries had administered 50 doses per 100 people, and then the figure doubled; however, poor nations managed to place 1.5 doses per 100 people due to vaccine shortages.
Recently, the leader of the WHO’s Emergency Committee, Didier Houssin, pointed out that the current work of the organization must focus on achieving fair global access and distribution of vaccines, in addition to promoting local production, facilitating technological transfers for it, and increasing productive capacities.