The whole world is currently in a situation of “vaccine apartheid,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday.
“The world is in the conditions of “vaccine apartheid.” As you know, high-income countries makeup 15% of the world’s population, but have 45% of the world’s vaccines. Low-and middle-income countries account for almost half of the world’s population, but they account for only 17% of vaccines. So the gap is really huge,” the WHO Director-General said during an online discussion organized by the Paris Peace Forum.
He also once again called on countries to share coronavirus vaccines.
Earlier, the head of the WHO called for increased funding for the ACT-Accelerator program, which is aimed at an international partnership to ensure access to COVID-19 drugs and diagnostic tools. Now, the program needs $ 19 billion in funding.