Want To See Vaccination Drive Worldwide In Next 100 Days: WHO Director-General Tedros

Mumbai: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged fairness for the use of COVID-19 vaccines, and said he would like to see ” underway routes in every country over the next 100 days”.

His statement comes after India on Saturday launched the world’s largest vaccination drive, with around 3 crore healthworkers getting the first dose of the jab across the country.

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According to a report by the news agency IANS he said, “I want to see vaccination in every country in the next 100 days, so that health workers and high-risk people get safety first.”

The WHO chief, addressing a virtual media conference from Geneva on Friday, said efforts should be made to protect middle and low-income countries alike from the epidemic.

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The WHO chief said that when the drug for AIDS was first extracted, only wealthy countries could afford it, unless there was a massive global movement by civil society, drug companies and health care advocates. Had ensured that low-cost vaccines were available.

Furthermore, drawing reference from the H1N1 epidemic that broke out in the world in 2009-2010, he said that by the time the low-income countries got their supply of vaccines, the pandemic was over.

“We don’t want this to be repeated,” Tedros said.

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