COVID vaccine: PAHO asks G-20 to commit to guarantee dose



The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Wednesday asked the leaders of the G-20 a “strong commitment” to ensure more equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“More vaccines for each country: that is the clear message we want to hear from this meeting”

The summit of the Group of 20 (G-20), which includes most of the world’s largest economies, both industrialized and developing, will take place this weekend in Rome.

“More vaccines for each country: that is the clear message we want to hear from this meeting,” said PAHO Deputy Director Jarbas Barbosa at a press conference.

Barbosa stressed that many poor countries in the world, both in Africa, Asia and the Americas, have not yet achieved the coverage necessary to protect the most vulnerable groups, which represent about 20% of the population.

As long as that does not happen, no one in the world will be protected, he warned.

The World Health Organization (WHO) a target was set for 40% of the population in each country to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year and 70% by mid-2022. But last week he said that 82 countries are at risk of not making it, mainly due to insufficient supply.

“These countries (of the G-20) may have a strong commitment to make more donations, to tell manufacturers that they must share their production not only to comply with bilateral agreements, which give them more profits than what they give to the Covax mechanism or to the Revolving Fund “, pointed out Barbosa.

Covax, promoted by WHO, and the PAHO Revolving Fund, have supplied millions of anticovid vaccines to American countries, both at affordable prices and at no cost.

Almost 44% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have completed their vaccination schedule against COVID-19 so far, but less than 20% of the population is fully vaccinated in Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua and San Vicente y the Grenadines.

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