The WHO stated that it needs 2 billion doses of vaccine to immunize 20% of the population in the poorest countries through the COVAX mechanism. At present, it has just signed an agreement with Moderna to receive 500 million doses from the second half of this year.
Mexico City (apro). -The shortage of vaccines against covid-19 puts the World Health Organization (WHO) in trouble because it requires 2 billion doses of vaccine to immunize 20% of the population through the COVAX mechanism. The poorest country.
At present, it has just signed an agreement with Moderna to receive 500 million doses from the second half of this year.
Given the lack of organisms, WHO is calling on countries that have already vaccinated most of their citizens to donate residues.
This happened in the middle of the third covid wave that hit India and Brazil, and the number of newly registered cases in the past two weeks exceeded the number of cases six months before the pandemic.
In turn, Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist of the United Nations agency, said that the reduction in the number of cases and deaths caused by covid-19 due to vaccination will only reach countries where about 50% of the population has been vaccinated.
He said that in his native India, for example, about one billion people need to be vaccinated.
He went on to say that the country has stopped exporting AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serological Institute and it is expected that they will not distribute the same amount of vaccines.
Therefore, Swaminathan emphasized that the WHO is looking for alternative ways to obtain the 2 billion vaccines required by the COVAX program to vaccinate 20% of the population in the poorest countries.