“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. As a result, the number of doses allocated to Kovacs has decreased,” Tedros said during a joint video conference with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. .
The Kovacs system was adopted in an effort to prevent rich countries from excluding 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.
He continued, “We cannot deliver vaccines to Kovacs member states unless the rich countries cooperate and respect 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, 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 all over the world,” but he acknowledged that “governments have duties towards their people before Anything”.
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