WHO Chief Urges Nations To Join In Preventing ‘Vaccine Nationalism’

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed at a press conference in Geneva last month. He cautions of the risks of COVID-19 “vaccine nationalism.”

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed at a press conference in Geneva last month. He warns of the dangers of COVID-19 “vaccine nationalism.”

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” Nationalism exacerbated the pandemic and added to the total failure of the international supply chain,” he said, keeping in mind that hoarding by some nations caused shortages of protective gear in the early days of the pandemic.

He stated that the worlds interconnectedness suggests that “a vaccine established in one country may require to be filled in vials with stoppers that are produced in another, using products for the top-quality glass that is just readily available from yet another country.”

Urging nations to sign up with a worldwide vaccine arrangement, the head of the World Health Organization on Tuesday reiterated concerns that, when established, drugs to avoid COVID-19 might be hoarded by some countries at the cost of others.

WHO has set an Aug. 31 deadline to set terms for the brand-new pact. Tedros stated he sent a letter to the WHOs 194 member states, urging involvement.

WHOs push for an international pact to share vaccines comes as the European Union, Britain, Switzerland and the United States are creating handle drug makers that have potential COVID-19 vaccines in numerous stages of trials. China and Russia also are working on vaccines.

Speaking in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus provided a call to prevent “vaccine nationalism” by signing up with the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility– a pact targeted at making sure access to such drugs around the globe.

“Sharing limited supplies tactically and globally is really in each countrys national interest,” Tedros said.

According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, because the start of the pandemic, there have actually been nearly 22 million coronavirus cases worldwide, with almost 776,000 deaths.