Sumary of WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb:
- At a press briefing Tuesday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the massive disparity in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries a “solvable problem” and called again for pharmaceutical companies to prioritize the U.N.
- Tedros called last week for a “moratorium” on the use of boosters in healthy populations until the end of the year.
- Afreximbank President Benedict Oramah warned that booster shots in Africa would require $500 million to $600 million more “on the conservative side,” and if the cost of logistics is included, that would mean $1 billion a year.
- Strive Masiyiwa, the African Union’s envoy for COVID-19 vaccines, also called for export restrictions and intellectual property rights to be lifted to allow vaccine production within Africa.