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World must unite, vaccine nationalism will only prolong Covid-19: WHO chief

The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance are leading a global vaccine allocation plan known as COVAX aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots fairly

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World Health Organization | Coronavirus | Coronavirus Vaccine

Reuters  |  Geneva 

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
But some countries that have secured their own supplies through bilateral deals, including the United States, have said they will not join COVAX

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for countries around the world to join forces to tackle the on Friday, saying that “vaccine nationalism” would only slow the response to the pandemic.

The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance are leading a global vaccine allocation plan known as COVAX aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots fairly.

But some countries that have secured their own supplies through bilateral deals, including the United States, have said they will not join COVAX.

“Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic,” Tedros told reporters at a WHO briefing in Geneva, without mentioning any specific countries.

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First Published: Fri, September 04 2020. 22:20 IST
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