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Switzerland: High-income countries 'undermine' COVAX with vaccine deals - WHO chief02:13

Switzerland: High-income countries 'undermine' COVAX with vaccine deals - WHO chief

Switzerland, Geneva
February 23, 2021 at 00:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that high-income countries' deals with vaccine manufacturers 'undermine' the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, as he spoke from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday.

"If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant. Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place, and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it is doing," said the WHO chief.

"This is not a matter of charity. It’s a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere," he added.

COVAX aims to coordinate international resources to enable an equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments.

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that high-income countries' deals with vaccine manufacturers 'undermine' the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, as he spoke from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday.

"If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant. Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place, and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it is doing," said the WHO chief.

"This is not a matter of charity. It’s a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere," he added.

COVAX aims to coordinate international resources to enable an equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments.