WHO: Wealthy nations should share extra jabs

GENEVA, June 4

Wealthy countries need to give more Covid-19 vaccines and follow the United States in making doses available immediately to cover a 200 million dose gap caused by Indian supply disruptions and manufacturing delays, Bruce Aylward, senior adviser at the World Health Organisation (WHO), said on Friday.

Warning of a “two-track recovery”, the WHO is urging wealthy countries to donate their surplus doses to poorer countries instead of giving them to less vulnerable groups, such as children. They have so far donated 150 million doses via the Covax sharing scheme.

Aylward praised a US plan announced on Thursday to quickly share 25 million doses and encouraged other wealthy countries to follow suit. — Reuters

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