Wednesday, January 19

FHI-Stoltenberg: Rich countries get too many vaccine doses

Rich countries such as Norway use a disproportionately high proportion of vaccines, says FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asks the countries of the world to prioritize vaccines in countries where hardly anyone has received them, rather than offering their own fully vaccinated population refill doses.

Rich countries such as Norway take too large a share of the vaccine cake, and this may help to prolong the pandemic, says FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg.

While rich countries have secured good vaccine coverage and are in the process of refreshing doses, only a few of the inhabitants of many populous developing countries have been offered vaccines.

– It is quite clear that rich countries such as Norway use a disproportionately high proportion of vaccines and can thus help to prolong the pandemic, says FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg to TV 2.

She also points out that Norway and other countries have become involved in obtaining vaccine doses for the rest of the world.

– Therefore, it is a bit complicated to answer. But it is quite clear that the WHO chief is right. It is important to prioritize vaccination in other parts of the world, says Stoltenberg.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that rich countries’ race to provide refill doses to their citizens increases inequality in the world and prolongs the pandemic.

“No country can be vaccinated against the pandemic, and refill doses must not be seen as a clear signal to continue planned celebrations,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Reference-www.aftenposten.no

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