Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said that rich countries should postpone immunizing children with anti-Coronavirus vaccines in favor of donating the doses they allocate for this purpose to poor countries.
Ghebreyesus urged rich countries to provide more vaccine supplies for the Kovacs program to make Covid 19 vaccines available globally.
And the distribution of vaccines to countries of the world still shows a large discrepancy between the quantities that each country obtains.
Since the vaccines against the Coronavirus were first adopted last December, wealthier countries have bought most of what the companies that develop these vaccines have produced.
While speaking at a hypothetical conference in Geneva, the Director of the World Health Organization declared that he understood the reasons why some countries want to vaccinate children and adults with anti-epidemic vaccines, but he said: “At the present time, I urge them to reconsider that.”
He added, “In poor and middle-income countries, the vaccine supplies there are not even sufficient to immunize medical staff, while hospitals are filled with cases that need urgent care to save their lives.”
Last week, US President Joe Biden announced plans to provide doses of anti-virus vaccines for those between the ages of 12 and 15 as soon as possible. He also expressed hope that the percentage of those who consumed at least one dose of the adult US population would reach 70 percent before the fourth of next July, which would enable American families to gather for the celebration of Independence Day.
Meanwhile, the health authorities in Canada have approved the use of the Pfizer anti-corona virus vaccine to immunize children from 12 to 15 years old. The Canadian state of Alberta, which has the highest infection rate and largest number of infected people in the country, has already started distributing vaccines to people over the age of 12.
And in Switzerland, regions began last week to set dates for taking doses of anti-epidemic vaccines for those who are 16 years old.
The United States and China distributed the largest quantities of COVID-19 vaccines, while India ranked third. However, although all countries of Europe and the Americas have started immunizing their populations against the Corona virus, many countries in Africa have yet to start distributing vaccines.
The Kovacs program was initially designed to provide anti-epidemic vaccines to about 20 percent of the population of the poorest countries around the world, the 92 countries that registered in the program, starting with medical staff.
Kovacs is managed by the World Health Organization, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who are the implementing partners of this global program.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the second year of the viruss spread appears to be more deadly than the first year, describing the situation in India as “causing great concern.”
In India, many of those working in the medical teams on the first front line to deal with the spread of the virus have not received the vaccine, and some die due to the absence of vaccines. The stark deficit in vaccine doses in India comes amid an escalation of a second wave of the Corona virus sweeping the country and warnings that a third wave of the epidemic will follow soon.
The World Health Organization said that this is a moral disaster, which may have the greatest impact on poor countries.