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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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African Union slams vaccine manufacturers

African Union slams vaccine manufacturers

THE African Union has accused manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines of denying African countries a fair chance to buy them and urged manufacturing countries - in particular India - to lift export restrictions on vaccines and their components. "Those manufacturers know very well that they never gave us proper access," Strive Masiyiwa, AU Special Envoy for COVID-19, told a World Health Organization briefing from Geneva. "We could have handled this very differently." Out of 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines administered around the world so far, only 2% have been in Africa. Masiyiwa stressed that, in aiming to vaccinate 60% of…
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