As the world clocked three billion vaccine doses on Tuesday, the WHO said it was assisting the five nations that have yet to begin their Covid-19 immunization programmes.
Burundi, Eritrea, Haiti, North Korea, and Tanzania are the only nations in the World Health Organization’s 194 member states that have yet to start immunization campaigns in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. WHO continues to provide assistance to these countries as they make decisions about the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, wanted every country to begin immunizing health workers and individuals most vulnerable to Covid-19 illness within the first 100 days of 2021 – a deadline that passed in April.
Rich countries, on the other hand, have been hoarding the batches coming off the production lines, leaving some countries waiting for their first dosages.
The Coax facility, which aims to ensure that poorer countries have access to vaccines, has provided 89 million doses to 133 countries thus far. However, according to the WHO, which co-manages the scheme, supply channels have all but dried up this month.
Tedros warned that the world was falling.