The World Health Organisation said on Friday that rich countries are opening their societies and inoculating young people who are not at great risk from COVID 19. The poorest countries, however, lack vaccines, which WHO described as an unacceptable global failure.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the situation in Africa “so dangerous” as the Delta variant spreads globally. The new infections and deaths here jumped by 40% this week compared to the previous week.
“Our world is failing. As a global community we are failing,” he said at a news conference.
Tedros expressed his resentment towards unnamed countries for being reluctant to share vaccine doses with the low-income countries. He did so while comparing the current situation with the HIV/ AIDS crisis.
“I mean that attitude has to be a thing of the past,” Tedros said. “The problem now is a supply problem, just give us the vaccines.”
COVAX, jointly run by the GAVI vaccine alliance and WHO has been successful at delivering 90 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to 132 countries since February but is currently facing a supply shortage since India suspended vaccine exports.
“We have through COVAX this month zero doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, zero doses of SII vaccines (Serum Institute of India), zero doses of J & J (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine,” said Bruce Aylward, WHO senior adviser.
“The situation right now is dire.”