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WHO chief says Covid-19 vaccine disparity must stop

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the “scandal” of global Covid-19 vaccine disparity must come to an end, according to a recent report by Voice of America (VOA).

The WHO chief mentioned in a press briefing on Friday that 6 times more Covid-19 boosters are administered a day than primary doses in low-income countries, VOA said in the report.

Tedros also said that countries with the highest vaccine coverage “continue to stockpile more vaccines,” while “low-income countries continue to wait” for the shots, according to the US international broadcaster.

“This is a scandal that must stop now,” Tedros said.

COVAX, the vaccine-sharing scheme, could help alleviate the vaccine disparity, but it needs at least 550 million shots to achieve its goal of vaccinating 40% of every nation’s population by the end of the year, Tedros said.

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