The world faces a “catastrophic moral failure” because of unequal Covid-19 vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states, the BBC reported.
He said over 39 million vaccine doses had been given in 49 richer states – but one poor nation had only 25 doses.
Tedros said a “me-first” approach would be self-defeating because it would push up prices and encourage hoarding.
The WHO head called for a full commitment to the global vaccine-sharing scheme Covax, which is due to start rolling out next month.