London: With rising concern over the Delta variant spreading to countries around the world, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday called for vaccinating at least 10 per cent of the population of every country against coronavirus by September as it is the best way to control the pandemic and reboot the global economy.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Anguished Over Maharashtra Govt’s Decision, Passenger Associations Plan to Approach PM Modi For Travel Approval
“Vast inequities in the access to vaccines are fuelling a two-track pandemic. While some countries have reached a high level of coverage, many others don’t have enough to vaccinate health workers, older people & other at-risk groups,” said the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, addressing a virtual address to India Global Forum. Also Read - Do Kids Need To Be Vaccinated To Attend School? This Is What WHO Has To Say
When some countries cannot vaccinate, it’s a threat to all countries, said Ghebreyesus calling for a global effort to vaccinate at least 10 per cent of each country’s population by September and at least 40 per cent by the end of the year. He highlighted that this way we could reach at least 70 per cent by the middle of next year. Also Read - Consider Imposing Local Restrictions To Curb Mass Gatherings During Festive Season: Centre Writes to States, UTs
“Until we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere,” says WHO Chief
“Vaccine equity is not just the right thing to do. It’s the best way to control the pandemic and reboot the global economy,” the WHO chief said and warned that “until we end the [COVID-19] pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere.”
According to a recent UN report, COVID-19 vaccination rates are extremely uneven across countries, ranging from below 1 per cent population in some to above 60 per cent in others.
As richer nations have locked up billions of doses through direct contracts with drug manufacturers, the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine campaign has also faced a slow start. So far, COVAX has distributed just 81 million doses globally, mainly in Africa.
Last month, the G7 consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US pledged over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s poorest countries by the end of next year.
Coronavirus has infected more than 18.2 crore people and killed nearly 40 lakh of the global population, according to Johns Hopkins University.
India has recorded more than 3 crore coronavirus cases and registered nearly 400,000 deaths due to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic last year. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has gone past 33.54 crore, including more than 25.14 lakh jabs given on Wednesday.
With PTI inputs