WHO Says Global Vaccinations Have Overtaken Covid Infections

Date: 2021-02-05 18:14:33

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday the number of people who have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine is now higher than the number of people infected, calling it a “remarkable achievement” in the global effort to stop the pandemic.

However, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also said three quarters of those vaccinated were in just ten countries and warned more needed to be done to suppress the virus in all countries or we could “end up back at square one”.

“The longer it takes to vaccinate those most at risk everywhere, the more opportunity we give the virus to mutate and evade vaccines,” he said.

In nearly 130 countries that have a combined population of 2.5 billion, not a single dose has yet been administered.

Tedros called for rich countries with vaccine stockpiles to donate doses to developing countries once their high-risk populations had been immunized, warning that leaving large numbers of unvaccinated people could worsen the pandemic.

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