/ 16 June 2021

G7 vaccine pledge too little, too late

The World Health Organization has criticised a pledge from G7 countries to share a billion COVID vaccines with developing nations, saying it’s not enough to tackle the virus. “Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines,” WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. While the latest effort to overcome disparities in vaccine access was revised from an initial offering of 130 million doses earlier this year, at least 11 billion are needed to achieve the WHO’s goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by 2022. And according to the World Bank, G7 countries are outpacing vaccination rates in low-income countries 73 to one. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 176 million cases and 3.8 million deaths worldwide. And 2.4 billion vaccine doses have been administered, which is a lot of arms…

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