WHO launches global COVID vaccination strategy

 

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the launch of the Strategy to Achieve Global COVID-19 Vaccination by Mid-2022, with the goal of vaccinating 40% of every country’s population against COVID-19 by the end of 2021 and 70% of each by mid-2022.

At a press briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, laid out the situation: Almost one-third of the world’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but low-income countries have received less than 0.5% of vaccines. Fifty-six countries hadn’t reached 10% vaccination rates by the end of September “through no fault of their own.” The continent of Africa is less than 5% vaccinated.

“This is not a supply problem; it’s an allocation problem,” Tedros said, noting that with global vaccine production at almost 1.5 billion doses per month, the WHO’s plan is doable. “We can only achieve our targets if the countries and companies that control vaccine supply put contracts for COVAX and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust—or AVAT—first for deliveries and donated doses.”

 

 

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