G7 vaccine inequity 'unacceptable': WHO
The WHO chief implored the G7 to prioritise equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines around the globe, branding the current imbalance morally inadmissible. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the uneven distribution of vaccines among rich and poor nations would not help to end the coronavirus pandemic.
- For the G7 now, the most important and the immediate support we need is vaccines, and vaccine equity.
- Nearly 1.25 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been injected in at least 210 territories around the world.
- Some 45 percent of the doses have been administered in high-income countries accounting for 16 percent of the global population.
- Just 0.3 percent have been administered in the 29 lowest-income countries, home to nine percent of the world's population.
- Not because of just a moral issue, but it's unacceptable because we will not defeat the virus in a divided world.
- The Group of Seven industrial powers is holding a summit on June 11-13 in Cornwall, southwest England, hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
- The WHO says the G7 has the ability to fund the vaccines, tests and treatments needed to conquer the pandemic -- and knock down the barriers blocking faster production.
- The WHO's Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator programme for finding, developing and distributing coronavirus jabs, tests and therapeutics, is $19 billion short of its $22-billion target this year.