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AHF reports immoral and dangerous inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution
19 April 2021 -

HIV/AIDS care company AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) disclosed on Friday that 87% of the more than 700m vaccines administered globally have gone to high-income or upper-middle-income countries, while low-income countries have received a mere 0.2%.

This announcement was made by World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The company said the high-income countries have vaccinated on average one in four people, whereas only one in more than 500 people in low-income countries has received a COVID-19 vaccine. It will soon be mobilizing an advocacy effort to urge world leaders to do all that is necessary to vaccinate the world now. If there are any countries not protected from COVID-19--no country is protected.

To defeat the pandemic, international cooperation and transparency must be paramount, including waiving or suspending all novel coronavirus vaccine patents. Sufficient funding must be secured to supply the world with the billions of vaccines necessary to reach everyone, which requires the rapid scale-up of vaccine production and adequate logistics for their distribution, added the company.