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Merkel calls for making COVID-19 vaccine available to all countries

Merkel calls for making COVID-19 vaccine available to all countries

Access to the vaccine being developed against COVID-19 should not depend on which country the person lives in, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a video conference of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

“For COVID-19, GAVI’s work has become even more important. A virus that has spread all over the world can only be defeated when we work together. We need to build research alliances, simplify procedures to achieve results faster. In addition, it will be vital key health players like GAVI need to be strengthened because as soon as a suitable vaccine is available, we should be able to immediately launch a worldwide vaccination campaign, "Merkel said.

She explained that “vaccination means protecting lives.”

“It should not depend on the country in which you live. Vaccines should be available all over the world. This is a huge task that GAVI has devoted its last 20 years,” added Merkel.

The German Chancellor also emphasized that during the COVID-19 pandemic, one should not forget about vaccinating children against other diseases, so Germany will continue to support GAVI in vaccination work and will allocate 600 million euros for the next five years.

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