Prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for health workers, WHO urges nations

Yusuff Moshood

The World Health Organisation has urged countries to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for health workers to show appreciation for their contributions to the fight against the viral pandemic.

According to the global health body, efforts to contain the disease will also be helped if health workers at the forefront fighting the viral pandemic are prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine.

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the call on Sunday.

Speaking via a tweet posted on the official Twitter handle of the Global health body @WHO, he said, “Let’s show our respect & appreciation for health & care workers by protecting each other & vaccinating ALL #healthworkers EVERYWHERE now”.

The WHO chief also reiterated the need for global solidarity in the fight against the viral pandemic, noting that humanity stands a better chance of success by working together. 

“Ending the #COVID19 pandemic is one of humanity’s great races and whether we like it or not, we will win or lose this race together,” he said.

Tedros also asked drug manufactures to prioritise vaccine supply to COVAX to enable equitable vaccine rollout in all nations.

“I urge #COVID19 vaccine manufacturers to prioritise supply through COVAX; countries that have contracts for more vaccines than they need should donate them to COVAX immediately and stop making bilateral deals. 

“COVAX is ready. The time to deliver vaccines equitably is now,” he stressed.

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