The World Health Organisation has told wealthy countries they ‘cannot boost their way out of the pandemic’ and accused them of worsening vaccine inequality.
Meanwhile, Nigeria said today it had incinerated more than a million doses of Covid vaccine that had been donated by developed countries several months ago and had since passed their expiry dates.
Africa’s most populous country has so far fully vaccinated four million people – less than three percent of the adult population and well short of the government’s target of 112 million people by the end of next year.
Speaking on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the rush in richer nations to roll out additional Covid vaccine doses was deepening the inequity in access to jabs that is prolonging the global pandemic.
The UN health agency has long warned that the glaring inequity in access to Covid vaccines, which has left many vulnerable people in poorer nations without a single jab as richer countries roll out broad booster programmes.
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Source: Daily Mail