World has entered stage of ‘vaccine apartheid’, says WHO head

Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to make shots available to the Covax vaccine-sharing facility sooner than planned . — Reuters pic
Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to make shots available to the Covax vaccine-sharing facility sooner than planned . — Reuters pic

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ZURICH, May 17 — The world has reached a situation of “vaccine apartheid”, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today, and was no longer just at risk of that status.

“The big problem is a lack of sharing. So the solution is more sharing,” he told a virtual Paris Peace Forum event.

Earlier, he called on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to make shots available to the Covax vaccine-sharing facility sooner than planned due to a supply shortfall left by Indian export disruptions. —

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