Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in poor countries, where injection doses are required, health workers cannot even immunize themselves.
Mexico City- World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls on governments to reconsider the need for doses in poor countries while children and adolescents are vaccinated against Covid-19 , And health workers did not even receive the vaccine.
Ghebreyesus said at a press conference: “I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but now I urge you to reconsider and instead ask COVAX (WHO’s mechanism for bringing drugs into poor countries). ) Donate vaccines.”
“In poor and developing countries, the supply of Covid-19 vaccine is not enough to vaccinate medical staff, and hospitals are crowded with people in urgent need of assistance.”
The statement by the head of the WHO clearly mentioned that in the United States, Pfizer’s drugs have been authorized for emergency use and can be used on minors between 12 and 15 years old. President Joe Biden even called on states to provide antidote to teenagers immediately.
Canada also supports the use of the vaccine in this age group, and the European Union is doing so.
Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Adviser of Health Canada, said the move will help young people resume their normal lives.
Both Canada and the United States have been selected as the targets of the for-product vaccine. By March of this year, the United States had pledged 1.12 billion doses, which is sufficient to immunize the entire population twice regardless of age. Canada has agreed to allocate 238 million Canadian dollars for six full vaccinations for all citizens, regardless of age.
Ghebreyesus lamented on Friday: “In poor developing countries, the supply of Covid-19 vaccine is not enough to vaccinate health workers, and hospitals are crowded with people in desperate need of assistance.”
According to the head of the WHO, only 0.3% of the dose supply reaches poor countries.
“Covid-19 has claimed more than 3.3 million lives, and we expect that the second year of the pandemic will be much more deadly than the first year. To save lives, public health measures and vaccines must be combined, not one One. Besides, this is the only way out,” he emphasized.