World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Friday that if richer countries and pharmaceutical companies wait to donate and produce more shots until next year, it will be “too late for those who are dying today.”

He noted that cases in Africa had increased by 52 percent in just the past week. “And we expect things to only get worse. Less than one percent of Africa’s population has been vaccinated,” he said.

WHO’s global targets are to vaccinate at least 10 percent of the population of every country by September, at least 40 per cent by the end of 2021, and 70 per cent by the middle of next year.

While appreciating the G7 commitment to donate vaccines, he pointed that richer nations were far ahead in their vaccine drive and many had already achieved the 20 percent fully vaccinated rate. The same can be said for only three lower and middle-income countries. “We need vaccines to be donated now to save lives”, Tedros added.

From : pk.mashable.com

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