WHO Calls for Vaccines to Be ‘Shared Equitably as Global Public Goods’

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    The World Health Organization says the world is close to seeing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic but warned that inequalities in distributing a vaccine and other therapeutics could have deep economic and social consequences.

    Speaking from Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general told the United Nations General Assembly Friday that the light at the end of the tunnel is “growing steadily brighter.”

    Ghebreyesus says in order to prevent further inequalities, all vaccines and theraputics “must be shared equitably as global public goods, not as private commodities” and announced the creation of a new economics council on health to be chaired by economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato.

    “We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines, Ghebreyesus said.

    Ghebreyesus also stressed that funding for the ACT-Accelerator, the global collaboration to develop COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines faces a funding gap of $4.3 billion dollars for the current year and an additional $23.9 billion in 2021.

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