Four of the world’s most prominent health, trade and financial organisations on Saturday implored COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to prioritise doses for poorer countries to combat the “acute and alarming shortage.”
A joint statement by the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) said countries which have progressed far in vaccinating against the disease should release doses rapidly in favour of less fortunate nations.
“We reiterate the urgency of providing access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments to people throughout the developing world,” they said.
“In the area of vaccines, a key constraint is the acute and alarming shortage in the supply of doses to low and low-middle income countries, especially for the rest of 2021.
“We call on countries with advanced COVID-19 vaccination programmes to release as soon as possible as much of their contracted vaccine doses and options as possible to Covax, AVAT (the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust), and low and low-middle income countries.” Covax aims to get donor-funded jabs to poorer countries.
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