'Lack of Covid vaccines donated by rich countries'

WHO director-general laments lack of Covid vaccines donated by rich countries

Tedros says concerns are being raised by some donors that African countries don't have the infrastructure

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Credit: Reuters Photo

The head of the World Health Organization lamented the lack of coronavirus vaccines being immediately donated by rich countries to the developing world.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday that there was nothing to discuss during a recent meeting of an advisory group established to allocate vaccines.

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In his words: “There are no vaccines to allocate.”

Tedros says concerns are being raised by some donors that African countries don't have the infrastructure to deliver vaccines or that there are vaccine hesitancy problems are inconsequential.

He criticised rich countries that may be using that as a “pretext” not to donate vaccines. 

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