Delay Child Vaccinations And Share Jabs With Covax, Says WHO

Delay Child Vaccinations And Share Jabs With Covax, Says WHO

Wealthier nations should postpone plans to give children and teenagers Covid vaccines and instead donate supplies to low-income countries, the head of the World Health Organization says.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • The international distribution of Covid vaccines remains vastly uneven. While nearly all of Europe and the Americas have begun vaccination campaigns, a few countries in Africa still get started.
  • Since the first vaccines were approved in December, wealthier countries have bought up most of the supply.
  • So far, the U.S. and China have administered the highest number of vaccine doses overall, with India in third place. Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S. have started making the vaccine available to teenagers.
  • The Covax scheme was developed to first vaccinate 20% of the population in the 92 poorer countries that signed up, starting with health workers.
  • The scheme is co-led by the WHO, the Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi), with the UN children's fund, Unicef, as a key implementation partner.
  • Dr. Tedros also warned that the second year of the pandemic was likely to be deadlier than the first and that the situation in India was of grave concern.

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