The United Nations calls for assistance in poor countries to purchase COVID-19 vaccine
The United Nations-backed COVAX program will require a $ 5 billion budget to ensure vaccine access for all countries, but a large gap is currently underway.
On December 17, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called on rich countries to help poor countries buy the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Mr. Guterres, by the end of January 2021, the United Nations-backed COVAX program will need an amount of up to 5 billion USD to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine for all countries, but to Now we are facing a huge shortage. In addition, Mr. Guterres also found that some countries have ordered a number of vaccines several times more than their population. Therefore, he urged these governments to donate unused vaccines to the COVAX program.
The head of the planet’s largest multilateral organization also noted that it is in the world’s best interest to ensure widespread vaccination, because if the epidemic is not reversed, there will be new virus variants and the current vaccines may not work as well.