On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization issued a sharp appeal to rich countries: vaccination of children against COVID-19 is a “moral disaster” because leading medical professionals as well as vulnerable populations in many countries, there is no access to life-saving imagery.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged wealthier countries to donate their vaccines to countries facing severe vaccine shortages before distributing vaccines to children, as they are considered a relatively low-risk group.
“I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider their decision and instead donate COVAX vaccines,” the CEO said during a press conference. Recalling an initiative supported by WHO promoting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Ghebreyesus said only 0.3% of vaccines were sent to low-income countries, as “a handful of wealthy countries that bought up most of the vaccine stocks” have already begun vaccinating low-risk groups.
His remark came just days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. for children over 12 years old…
Children can contract the coronavirus, but they are much less likely to develop serious symptoms than adults. Less than 2% of all cases of COVID-19 involving children in the United States ended up in hospitalization. according to the American Academy of Pediatrics…
The head of WHO has repeatedly pointed to a huge gap in the global distribution of vaccines. He noted last month that while one in four people in high-income countries have already received the vaccine, only 1 out of more than 500 people got a chance in low-income countries.
Ghebreyesus warned that without a fairer distribution of the vaccine, the pandemic that continues to rage in countries such as India as well as Brazil – can continue to deteriorate and kill more people.
“We are getting closer to the second year of this pandemic being much more deadly than the first,” he said.