The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, says countries are far from meeting the common goal of vaccinating 70% of each country’s population by the middle of this year, as well as testing and treatment targets.
The global health chief said he has teamed up with the UN Children’s Fund and Gavi to launch the COVID-19 vaccine delivery partnership, led by Ted Chaiban.
The initiative aims to encourage government-led immunization strategies through political commitment, funding for delivery, technical assistance and surge support
According to his opening remarks at the 9th meeting of the COVID-19 Tools Access Accelerator Facilitation Council, the WHO boss said that many of the supply and delivery restrictions encountered the last year are being overcome with nearly 1.
2 billion doses of vaccine delivered.
Tedros also noted that attention must be turned to answering the crucial question of how vaccines are turned into vaccinations; how to ensure that all countries have enough tests, enough oxygen to treat patients and enough personal protective equipment to keep health workers safe.
“We are far from achieving our common goal of vaccinating 70% of the population of each country by the middle of this year, as well as our targets for testing and treatment.
“To support our efforts to reach our vaccination target, WHO, UNICEF and Gavi have launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership, led by Ted Chaiban, to support government-led vaccination strategies through to political commitment, funding for delivery, technical assistance and emergency support. .
“And to achieve all of our goals, we call on all countries to fill the urgent $16 billion funding gap for the ACT accelerator.
“This is essential not only to save lives and bring the pandemic under control, but also to foster a truly inclusive global recovery that will benefit all countries.
The DG expressed his gratitude to South Africa and Norway for launching the campaign calling on countries to pay their “fair share” to the ACT-Accelerator.
In addition, the Finance and Resource Mobilization Working Group of the Facilitation Board for its work on the financing framework that underpins the Fair Share Request.
“Today we will learn how the ACT Accelerator helped Kenya scale up testing and sequencing, and how Rwanda achieved 40% vaccination coverage by the end of last year.
“These inspiring examples should stimulate us, because there is still a lot of work to be done.
“These must be our priorities in our discussions today, and in the weeks and months to come:
“First, each country must commit to meeting immunization, testing, treatment and PPE targets, and strive to overcome the bottlenecks they face;
“Second, high-income countries should contribute their ‘fair share’ to the ACT accelerator, depending on the size of their economy;
“Third, we must keep equitable access high on the agenda of the G20 finance ministers meeting in April, the G20 and G7 health ministers meetings in May,” the boss said. of the WHO.
COVID-19: Countries are behind schedule to reach 70% vaccination by mid-2022 – WHO