Financial donations won’t help lower-income countries defeat COVID-19 if other countries don’t leave them vaccines to buy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Some high-income countries are reaching out to pharmaceutical vaccine manufacturers to get more doses, reducing the amounts allocated to the global Covax mechanism (Center for Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccines), which aims to distribute vaccines equitably in the world, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Monday.
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Germany pledged on Friday to donate 1.5 billion euros (US $ 1.8 billion) to global efforts to fight the pandemic, most of which is aimed at increasing the supply of vaccines for developing countries.
This decision followed similar measures that France and the United Kingdom took last week. “If you can’t use the money to buy vaccines, having the money means nothing,” Tedros said.
The executive called on rich countries to assess whether their requests for additional vaccines could affect Covax. Many developing nations are still waiting to administer their first vaccines after the wealthiest vaccinate millions of people.