UNICEF: If poor countries do not have access to vaccine, the whole world will remain vulnerable to VOC

UNICEF announced that it has joined the COVAX Facility market guarantee, launched by WHO, to enable low- and lower-middle-income countries to have access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is, for the UN body of “the best way to ensure that, when vaccines are available, no country will be relegated to the background,” wrote UNICEF in a statement.

Ensuring equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine is not only a matter of social justice, it is also a matter of public health. “The whole world will remain vulnerable to the virus until countries with weakest health systems are also protected,” the same source reads.

As a reminder, the market guarantee of the COVAX Facility, launched in collaboration with 189 countries, COVAX supports the development of 9 candidate vaccines through the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI ). COVAX has secured a guarantee of hundreds of millions of doses of three promising vaccines, at least 200 million of which are intended for low-income countries.

In this sense, UNICEF calls on governments to work together to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and accessible for all countries. High-income countries are also a necessary link since their investments in the supply of the vaccine against COVID-19. All countries must take a strong stand against export controls on products related to the response to COVID-19 and against their unnecessary accumulation, the statement concludes.

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