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WHO worried by ‘vaccine nationalism’ proponents



WORLD Health Organisation yesterday warned against “vaccine nationalism,” saying vaccine-hogging richer countries would not be safe coronavirus havens if poor nations remained exposed.

WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said it would be in wealthier nations’ interests to ensure that any vaccines eventually produced to protect against the new coronavirus were shared globally.

According to him, existence of the deadly respiratory disease anywhere put lives and livelihoods at risk everywhere.

“Vaccine nationalism is not good, it will not help us,” Tedros told the Aspen Security Forum in the United States, via video-link from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. For the world to recover faster, it has to recover together, because it’s a globalised world: the economies are intertwined. Part of the world or a few countries cannot be a safe haven and recover. The damage from COVID-19 could be less when those countries who… have the funding commit to this,” he said”

 It will be recalled that WHO earlier said that multiple different types of vaccines would likely be needed to combat COVID-19 with 26 candidate vaccines already in various stages of being tested on humans. Six have reached Phase 3 wider levels of clinical trials.

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