The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on the authorities of the UK and other countries to abandon plans for mass vaccination of the population against coronavirus in the first stage and share the drugs with others. This was announced on Saturday, January 30, by WHO spokesman Margaret Harris.
According to Harris, the main thing is to instill in vulnerable categories of citizens.
“We believe that countries that vaccinate healthcare workers and people at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus need to guarantee access to the drug for others,” she told the BBC.
According to Harris, this approach can be called correct from an economic and moral point of view. The representative of the WHO stressed that recently, many articles speak of the inappropriateness of vaccination of the population of only their own country, since there is a strong connection between states.
Earlier in January, the UN warned that countries with high per capita incomes that have provided themselves with COVID-19 vaccines should pay attention to their fair distribution under the international COVAX mechanism. As stressed in the organization, the world may face a split on this basis.
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus, said on January 18 that the world is teetering on the brink of a moral catastrophe, and the plan to provide residents of different countries with a vaccine against coronavirus infection on equal terms is now under threat.
In November 2020, after the summit, the leaders of the G20 countries announced that they are ready to commit to funding the fair distribution of tests for COVID-19, coronavirus vaccines and medicines around the world.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a speech at the G20 summit, noted that the coronavirus vaccine should be available to everyone and the Russian Federation is ready to provide the drug to all countries in need.