The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70,000 to 160,000 health care workers around the world have died in Corona. To deal with such a situation, the head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebreasus, insisted on vaccinating health workers on a priority basis. At the same time, he criticized the inequality in the supply of corona vaccines.
The BBC reports that the health workers died in the Corona epidemic between January 2020 and May this year. According to their data, 135 million health workers are working worldwide.
The WHO chief said that according to data from 119 countries, an average of two out of five health workers worldwide have been vaccinated against coronavirus. However, behind this average calculation, there is a big disparity in different regions and financial capabilities. Less than 1 in 10 health workers in Africa has been vaccinated. On the other hand, in high-income countries, the ratio is 6 out of 10 people.
Earlier, Bruce Illward, a senior official at the United Nations Health Organization, expressed concern that the Corona epidemic could continue in 2022. He cited poor countries as not getting the required number of vaccines.
The situation in the African region is relatively bad in terms of coronary vaccination. The residents of this continent have received only 2.8 percent of the total vaccinations given in the world so far. Less than 5 percent of people in Africa have been vaccinated against coronavirus. On the other hand, in other continents, 40 percent of the total population has been vaccinated. The lion’s share of these vaccines are received by high-income and upper-middle-income countries.
The United Nations launched the CoVAX project to address such inequalities in the corona vaccine. Its purpose was to ensure immunization among countries around the world, regardless of financial capacity. However, outside of such UN projects, many members of the G-7 alliance of rich countries have started collecting vaccines directly by entering into agreements with vaccine manufacturers.
Bruce Illward called on rich countries to help vaccine manufacturers prioritize low-income countries in providing coronary vaccines. He said that at summits like the G-7, rich countries pledged to vaccinate poor countries. So now the rich countries should review their vaccine stocks and then vaccinate the poor countries.
Addressing the rich countries, the senior WHO official said, “I can tell you that we are not on the right track in vaccination. We really need to make this happen. “