Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020. 4:04 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The World Health Organization is calling for equitable distribution of completed COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable populations are not “trampled in the stampede,” for vaccines, reports the BBC.
Head of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that $4.3 billion (£3.2bn) in funds is needed to fund a sharing scheme called Covax, which was created to ensure that successful vaccines are disseminated to vulnerable populations. Ghebreyesus said the question was “not whether the world can afford to share… it’s whether it can afford not to”.
Dr. Tedros said that 187 countries have already signed up for the Covax scheme, which will see the distribution of two billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021. He noted, however, that the scheme is struggling to raise the funds to distribute supplies to more than 90 low-income countries that have signed up for the scheme.
He also said that, while $4.3 billion is needed in the short-term, a further $23.8 billion will be needed in 2021.
There are currently four vaccines that are in end-stage testing, which all boast an effectiveness of over 90 percent.
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