UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Criticized world leaders for the inequalities surrounding the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Addressing the annual meeting of the International Organization on Tuesday.
Guterres said images of the unused, expired COVID-19 vaccine in the rubbish of rich countries, while large parts of the world do not have much access to the vaccine, tell the “story of our times.”
“Some countries have more than one. In others, empty shelves,” he said.
Guterres pointed out that although the majority of people in rich countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine, global disparities remain. He said 90% of people in Africa are vaccinated against immunizations.
“It’s a moral imperative of our world,” Guterres said. “It’s obscene. We passed the science exam. But we’re getting an F in ethics.”
The United Nations has returned to its annual private gathering in New York, according to Reuters. About a third of world leaders traveled to the meeting, which was held in practice in 2020 due to the epidemic. Topics discussed included epidemics and climate change.
Rich and developed countries are able to vaccinate their citizens more than other countries, prolonging epidemics and increasing global inequality. United Nations The unequal distribution of vaccines, reported from Sunday, weakens billions of people – and allows more deadly forms to emerge.
In low-income countries, the economic effects of epidemics could continue until 2024, while high-income countries could reach per capita GDP growth by the end of 2021.
According to the United Nations Development Program, the figure was only 3.07 percent in low-income countries.
Of the 5.7 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide, only 2% are in Africa, well above the percentage of its global population, according to Reuters.
Other officials have also pointed to vaccine inequality. In August, the World Health Organization (WHO)WHODirector General Tedros Adhanom Gabrias. Demanded two months delay. By distributing booster shots, rich countries were urged to share their food with others – a warning of “vaccine nationalism”.
“The virus will have a chance to circulate in countries with low vaccination coverage, and the shape of the delta may vary and become more dangerous, as well as more powerful strains,” he said.
Others warn that the rest of the world risks focusing on booster shots for immunizations. More deadly forms.
As of June, five African countries had not received a single dose of the vaccine. Meanwhile, more than 40% of people in the United States and the United Kingdom were fully vaccinated.
Africa, “This is very worrying and sometimes frustrating.” CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong said at the time.