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Nations hoarding COVID vaccines could send world back to square one - WHO

WHO says rich nations must release excess COVID-19 vaccines to Africa

WHO says rich nations must release excess COVID-19 vaccines to Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that COVID-19 vaccine export bans and hoarding by wealthy countries will prolong the pandemic in Africa, preventing recovery from the disease in the rest of the world.

While more than 60 per cent of the US, European Union, and British populations have been vaccinated, only 2 per cent of COVID vaccine shots have been given in Africa.

The COVAX facility has slashed its planned COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Africa by 25 per cent this year. WHO Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti says the 470 million doses now expected to arrive by the end of December are enough to vaccinate just 17% of Africans on the continent.

“Export bans and vaccine hoarding still have a chokehold on the lifeline of vaccine supplies to Africa.… Even if all planned shipments via COVAX and the African Union arrive, Africa still needs almost 500 million more doses to reach the yearend goal. At this rate, the continent may only reach the 40 per cent target by the end of March next year,” Moeti said.

The WHO reports more than 8 million cases of COVID-19 in Africa, including more than 200,000 deaths. 44 African countries have reported the alpha variant and 32 countries have reported the more virulent and contagious delta variant.

Moeti warns of further waves of infection and loss of life in this pandemic. Given the short supply of vaccines, she urges strict adherence to preventive measures, such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

She reiterates WHO’s call for a halt to booster shots in wealthy nations, except for those with compromised immune systems and at risk of severe illness and death.

“I have said many times that it is in everyone’s interest to make sure the most at-risk groups in every country are protected. As it stands, the huge gaps in vaccine equity are not closing anywhere near fast enough. The quickest way to end this pandemic, is for countries with reserves to release their doses so that other countries can buy them,” she said.

Moeti said African countries with low vaccination rates are breeding grounds for vaccine-resistant variants. She warned this could end up sending the world back to square 1, with the pandemic continuing to ravage communities worldwide if vaccine inequity is allowed to persist.

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0 #1 kabayekka 2021-09-20 14:39
This World Health Organization is becoming a confused police man in trying to run the control of COVID19 world wide.

Where the public is advising their governments to take the children back to school, this organization keeps quiet. Where the various international airports should be immunizing passengers and let them continue their travels, this organization keeps quiet.

Where governments of very poor countries with so much corruption fail to immunize their populations, this organizations makes out an order for the rich countries to at once give the poor all sorts of assistance.

This WHO organization baptizes the whole great job the world has managed to do to try and fight this dangerous pandemic, by pouring cold water on all these efforts.

How can the whole world turn back to start suffering an attack of COVID19 just because the poor and corrupt of this world are conspiring to stop the many fights going on all over this world to stop the spread of COVID19?
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0 #2 Lakwena 2021-09-21 11:58
With knowledge of WHO, like the eternal HIV/Aids; Covid-19 is an evil disease/enterprise: A well syndicated and calculated multinational business, with an elaborate controlled "Demand and Supply Line and/or Network.

In other words, WHO is just a pretending conspirator in Control of the Syndicate. Otherwise, of what relevance is WHO (Sick World Organization) in a world without debilitating and dehumanizing diseases?
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0 #3 Lakwena 2021-09-21 12:10
Under the UN (Boss) WHO conducts itself like a Mafia Boss, who by all definition is a Soft Spoken Gentleman.

Among others, a spotlessly dressed Mafia Boss does not touch, drugs, guns money (cash) blood, etc. and has the Police/Security Bosses and/or government officials on his Payroll.

In other words, all the dirty including the Italian Jobs are done by brainless and fatalistic Goons who even killed/murdered in cold blood if they fail in their "mission impossible"!
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