Friday, March 5, 2021

“Global Health” accuses rich countries of undermining the vaccine distribution system


Geneva – AFP
On Monday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization accused some rich countries of undermining the “Kovacs” system, which is designed to ensure the fair distribution of vaccines against the Coronavirus, by insisting on communicating directly with manufacturers to obtain more doses.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a joint video conference with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that “some rich countries are currently communicating directly with manufacturers to ensure that they obtain additional doses of vaccines, which affects the contracts signed with Kovacs, and as a result, the number of doses has decreased. Assigned to Kovacs ».
The Kovacs system was adopted in an effort to prevent rich countries from monopolizing all doses of vaccines that are still manufactured in limited quantities that do not meet global demand.
In particular, the Kovacs system includes a funding mechanism that ensures that the vaccines are provided to 92 low and medium-level countries.
However, in light of the vaccine supply crisis, it is not expected that poor countries will receive the first shipments before the end of the month, while many rich countries will start vaccination campaigns at the end of 2020.
Ghebreyesus was asked about the commitments of the United States, the European Union and Germany to significantly increase their contributions to Kovacs, and he expressed his disappointment.
“Having money does not mean anything if it cannot be used to buy vaccines,” he said.
He continued, “We cannot deliver vaccines to the member states of Kovacs unless the rich countries cooperate in respect of the contracts signed by Kovacs.”
He called on these countries without naming them not to adopt behavior that undermines the distribution system supervised by the World Health Organization and the Alliance for Vaccines “Gavi” and others, adding: “But I do not think that they ask themselves this question.”
For his part, Steinmeier called for vaccines to be distributed more widely, not only for ethical reasons, but also because it is in everyone’s interest to eliminate the virus quickly, to avoid the continued emergence of mutated versions of it that may be more dangerous around the world, but he acknowledged that “governments have duties towards Its people before anything ».



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