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WHO tells rich countries: stop cutting the vaccines queue

WHO tells rich countries: stop cutting the vaccines queue

EMMA FARGE and MATTHIAS BLAMONT THE head of the World Health Organization has urged rich countries to stop striking bilateral deals with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers. "Rich countries have the majority of the supply," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in strongly-worded comments on vaccine nationalism at a Geneva news briefing. "No country is exceptional and should cut the queue and vaccinate all their population while some remain with no supply of the vaccine," he added. He asked countries and manufacturers to stop making bilateral deals and called on those who have ordered excess doses to immediately hand them over to…
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Amnesty: rich countries have bought too many COVID-19 vaccines

Amnesty: rich countries have bought too many COVID-19 vaccines

RICH countries have secured enough coronavirus vaccines to protect their populations nearly three times over by the end of 2021, Amnesty International and other groups said on Wednesday, possibly depriving billions of people in poorer areas. Britain approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this month, raising hopes that the tide could soon turn against a virus that has killed nearly 1.5 million globally, hammered the world economy and upended normal life. Amnesty and other organisations including Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now and Oxfam, urged governments and the pharmaceutical industry to take action to ensure intellectual property of vaccines is shared widely. The…
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Stop hoarding COVID vaccines, South Africa’s Ramaphosa tells rich countries

Stop hoarding COVID vaccines, South Africa’s Ramaphosa tells rich countries

ALEXANDER WINNING SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged wealthy countries not to hoard surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccine, saying the world needed to come together to fight the pandemic. South Africa has recorded nearly half the coronavirus deaths in Africa, and the continent as a whole is struggling to secure sufficient vaccines to start countrywide inoculation programmes for its 1.3-billion people. "We need those who have hoarded the vaccines to release the vaccines so that other countries can have them," Ramaphosa told a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum. "The rich countries of the world went out and acquired…
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