The World Health Organisation says the greatest threat that most countries face now in the fight against the pandemic is lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking during the virtual media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, disclosed that he receives calls almost every day from senior political leaders around the world, asking when their country will receive their vaccines through COVAX.
The WHO chief, however, urged all countries to work in solidarity to ensure that COVID-19 vaccination begins in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021.
He said “Almost every day, I receive calls from senior political leaders around the world, asking when their country will receive their vaccines through COVAX. Some of them are frustrated, and I understand why.
“They see some of the world’s richest countries buying enough vaccines to immunise their populations several times over, while their own countries have nothing”-
“We welcome the commitment by the Quad countries to deliver up to 1 billion doses of vaccine in the Asia-Pacific region through.
“We continue to call for all countries to work in solidarity to ensure that COVID-19 vaccination begins in all countries within the 1st 100 days of 2021. We have 26 days left. No country can simply vaccinate its way out of this pandemic alone. We’re all in this together.”
Ghabreyesus also noted there is no link between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines and blood clotting as reported by some countries.
“Since our last press conference on Friday, several more countries have suspended the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as a precautionary measure, after reports of blood clots in people who had received the vaccine from two batches produced in Europe.
“This does not necessarily mean these events are linked to COVID-19 vaccination, but it’s routine practice to investigate them, and it shows that the surveillance system works and that effective controls are in place,” he said.
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