Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has issued a call on all world leaders to work in solidarity towards achieving vaccine equity.
Earlier in January 2021, the W.H.O. entreated countries to make sure that within the first 100 days of this year, vaccination of health workers and older people will be underway.
The call on countries and companies was “to ensure that by the time World Health Day arrives on 7 April, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in every country, as a symbol of hope for overcoming both the pandemic and the inequalities that lie at the root of so many global health challenges.”
Taking to his official Twitter page on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Dr. Ghebreyesus reminded all stakeholders to be “smart at this pivotal moment.”
People around the world, including the #healthworkers who have carried us through this crisis are counting on us to do what is right & smart at this pivotal moment. I call on all leaders to #ACTogether for #VaccinEquity. We have 39 days left.https://t.co/5abx2RGGRY pic.twitter.com/ohIgo1yeLo
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 2, 2021
Currently, the World Health Organization and allied stakeholders have 39 days left to achieve vaccine equity across the world, especially among poor and developing countries.
Vaccine rollout in Africa is gradually gathering pace.
Some African countries, including Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria have received doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility.
Meanwhile, South Africa and Zimbabwe have already begun independent vaccination programmes.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com