World waking up to vaccine equity
WHO welcomes the new commitments made by France, Germany, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America into COVAX and equitable allocation of vaccines. Backed by 190 countries and markets, COVAX is the global mechanism best positioned to deliver vaccines to the world and finish the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There is a growing movement behind vaccine equity and that I advised that world leaders are stepping up to the challenge by making new obligations to effectively end this pandemic by sharing doses and raising capital to COVAX," said Dr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization. "This can't be business as usual and there's an urgent need for countries to share doses and technology, scale manufacturing and make sure there is a sustainable supply of vaccines in order that everyone, everywhere can receive a vaccine."
Close to 7000 individuals and hundreds of organizations have signed on to a vaccine equity announcement that directly calls on governments and producers to speed up regulatory processes, increase manufacturing by sharing know-how and technologies, and ensure that dosages are shared equitably. There's a specific call to begin with all health and care workers, who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic for over a year.
Heads of state and sports stars like Romain Grosjean; international agencies such as UNICEF, UN Development Programme, UN Women and the World Food Programme; athletic organizations such as the International Olympic Committee, World Rugby and FIFA; networks focused on faith, youth and gender, and civic society groups like the Elders, Global Health Council, Nursing Now, Pandemic Action Network, UHC2030 and Women in Global Health,'' -- these and a lot others have signed on to the broad based motion, which recognizes the moral, economic and global security imperative of equitable vaccine distribution.
Dr Keith C Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and Chairman of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) said,"Now, thankfully we are in the place where we now have examined and proven vaccines. A brightening light is shining on our way towards a more successful response to this still marauding virus."
The movement for vaccine equity is increasing, and to stop virus variations from undermining our health technologies and hampering an already sluggish global economic recovery, it is essential that leaders continue to measure up to make sure that we finish this pandemic as quickly as possible. Organizations and individuals everywhere are invited to join in this crucial work.