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SHOCKING IMBALANCE IN GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION OF VACCINES IN AFRICA – WHO

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS THERE IS A SHOCKING IMBALANCE IN THE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION OF VACCINES.
THE UN HEALTH AGENCY CHIEF TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS SAID THIS WHILE ADDRESSING NEWSMEN IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND.

THE AGENCY IS CALLING ON COUNTRIES TO SUPPORT THE COVAX FACILITY.

COVAX FACILITY IS A WHO-LED INITIATIVE AIMED AT ENSURING EQUAL ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINES BY VARIOUS COUNTRIES.

W.H.O REGIONAL OFFICE HAD REPORTED THAT, AFRICA ACCOUNTS FOR LESS THAN 2 PERCENT OF THE VACCINES ADMINISTERED GLOBALLY SO FAR AS MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE BARELY MOVED BEYOND THE STARTING LINE.

ADDRESSING THE NEWS CONFERENCE DR. TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS SAID IT IS 100 DAYS SINCE W.H.O ISSUED A CALL FOR VACCINATIONS TO BEGIN IN ALL COUNTRIES ADDING THAT 26 OUT OF THE 200 COUNTRIES ARE YET TO BEGIN THE PROCESS

THE W.H.O CHEIF SAID, BILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS TO DELIVER COVID-19 VACCINES RUN THE RISK OF FANNING THE FLAMES OF VACCINE INEQUITY WHICH COULD DERAIL EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC ON THE CONTINENT AMID THREATS POSED BY A THIRD WAVE OF INFECTIONS.

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