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.

What

  1. For the G7 now, the most important and the immediate support we need is vaccines, and vaccine equity.
  2. Nearly 1.25 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been injected in at least 210 territories around the world.
  3. Some 45 percent of the doses have been administered in high-income countries accounting for 16 percent of the global population.
  4. Just 0.3 percent have been administered in the 29 lowest-income countries, home to nine percent of the world's population.
  5. Not because of just a moral issue, but it's unacceptable because we will not defeat the virus in a divided world.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.