WHO urges countries to share vaccines with COVAX
The World Health Organization is concerned about the European Union's ban on vaccine exports.
The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adanom Gebreisus, called on countries that have already received a vaccine for the coronavirus to help the global COVAX mechanism. This was discussed at a WHO meeting on Friday, Jan. 29, according to the organization's press office.
вЂњWe are asking those governments that have already received supplies of COVID vaccines to vaccinate their health workers and the elderly to share excess doses with COVAX so that other countries can do the same,вЂќ the WHO director-general said.
For her part, Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general, expressed concern about the European Union's decision to ban the export of COVID-19 vaccines without special permission from EU countries. She stressed that such measures are not good for global health.
вЂњIt is a matter of great concern when a country or bloc decides to restrict the export of products that represent a global good,вЂќ she said.
According to Shimao, products to combat COVID now come from all over the world. For example, the active ingredients in vaccine production may come from China, but the production facilities are located in European countries.
She noted that the challenge for the global community is to supply vaccines fairly, as well as other materials for drug production.
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