The World Health Organization (WHO) has also urged developed countries that want to start vaccinating infants to rethink and donate instead to COVAX.
This was disclosed by WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, at a news conference on COVID-19 in Geneva, after the US President announced a plan to vaccinate younger adolescents.
What the WHO boss said
“I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX.
Because in low and lower-middle-income countries, vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize health and care workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently.
At present, only 0.3 percent of vaccine supply is going to low-income countries; trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus,’’ Ghebreyesus said.
He added that India is a case of concern for the WHO as well as other lower-income nations dealing with the spread, citing that they have shipped thousands of medical supplies to the nations.
“WHO is responding and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents for mobile field hospitals, masks and other medical supplies. And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India.
But it is not only India that has emergency needs.
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Egypt are just some of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations,’’ he added.
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