To reduce scandalous disparity,WHO sets new vaccination targets for the world's poorest peoplevaccine makers provide COVAX first refusal on new vaccination volumes or commit 50% of their vaccine quantities to COVAX this year
No country, no matter its vaccination rate, should consider it is out of the woods as long as the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants proliferate elsewhere, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Tedros said "the world remains in a very dangerous situation," at the opening of the annual meeting of the 194 member states' health ministers.
"As of today, more cases have been reported so far this year than in the whole of 2020. On current trends, the number of deaths will overtake last year's total within the next three weeks. This is very tragic," he said.
"There is no diplomatic way to say it: a small group of countries that make and buy the majority of the worldâ€™s vaccines control the fate of the rest of the world."
He asked countries to donate vaccine doses to COVAX so that 10% of the world's population may be immunized by September and 30% by the end of the year. According to him, this meant vaccination 250 million extra individuals in just four months.
"This is crucial to stop disease and death, keep our healthcare workers safe, reopen our societies and economies," Tedros said.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has urged for the WHO to be given the authority to visit countries quickly in the event of outbreaks having the potential to spread a pandemic, as well as to access data.
In separate pre-recorded statements to the assembly, Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for increased funding for the UN agency and backed the notion of a new worldwide treaty to combat pandemics.