“Wildly uneven and unfair”

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This was the criticism of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres during a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council where he bared that 130 countries have not yet received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In contrast, only 10 countries have already administered 75 percent of all vaccinations. He lamented the fact that the bulk of the vaccines were controlled by only a few countries when it should have been distributed evenly already, particularly among the poorer nations.

In response, the UN Secretary General called on the richer countries, the members of the Group of 20, to help create a task force that will come up with a global vaccination plan and be able to coordinate the plan’s implementation, including issues on financing.

The task force would most likely be composed of countries with the financial muscle to fund the effort, including scientists and pharmaceutical firms, that have the power to ensure equitable vaccine distribution so that people in every country will be vaccinated.

Among these countries, Guterres said, are the world’s major industrialized countries, they with deep pockets that “can create the momentum to mobilize the necessary financial resources.”

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