“When the world ends the epidemic, it will end, it is in our hands, we have all the tools we need,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a conference in Berlin.
He lamented that “the world has not used these tools wisely so far” and stressed that “the epidemic is still far away” in the world of “nearly 50,000 deaths per week”.
The WHO President spoke at the opening ceremony of the “World Health Summit”, an annual event that brings together professionals and politicians in Berlin.
The WHO has set a target of 40% of the population of each country being vaccinated and 70% by mid-2022. Dr. Tetros continues to lament the fact that rich countries are stockpiling vaccines against Govt.
“The goal can be achieved, but only if the countries and companies that control the distribution put their announcements into action,” he said in Berlin.
“Countries that have already reached the 40% target, including all G20 countries, the African Fund for the Procurement of Vaccines (AWAD), established by the International Kovacs Organization and the African Union, Dr. Tetros.
As for vaccine makers, they “need to share knowledge, technology and licenses, as well as disclaim intellectual property.”
In a recorded video message, UN President Antonio Guterres said, “The success of vaccines – created in record time and brought to market – is being wiped out by the tragedy of unequal distribution.
“Nationalism and the hoarding of vaccines have put all of us at risk,” he lamented.