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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for an $8 billion fund from member states to help ensure a more equitable rollout of vaccines around the world, an appeal that came on a day when the World Health Organization (WHO) Unveiled a new global. To end the vaccination strategy that has been dubbed the “two-track pandemic”.

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Speaking At the launch of the WHO’s new global vaccination strategy, Guterres called for a more coordinated and equitable approach to rolling out vaccines, while warning that vaccine disparity was “the COVID-19 pandemic’s best ally”.

The UN chief called on the leaders of the G20 nations – which are due to meet later this month – to fulfill “their desire to get the world vaccinated”.

WHO’s new strategy It wants to ensure that 40% of people in all countries are vaccinated by the end of this year and 70% by the middle of 2022.

The UN agency noted that even though about 6.5 billion doses had been administered globally by the end of September, high- and upper-middle-income countries have used 75% of all vaccines produced, compared with half a percent. Less than the dose reduced. Income countries.

The new vaccine push by the global body comes at a time when many high-income countries are introducing “booster” doses for those who have already been vaccinated.

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“Without a coordinated, equitable approach, the reduction in cases in any one country will not be able to sustain over time. Best of all, we must urgently bring all countries to a higher level of vaccination coverage,” Guterres said.

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Speaking after Guterres, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Vaccine shortages were not a problem as global vaccine production currently stands at 1.5 billion doses per month. “There is enough supply to achieve our goals, provided they are distributed equitably,” Tedros said. “It is not a supply problem; It is a problem of allocation.”

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46.1%. This is the percentage of the world’s population that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to A tracker powered by Our World in Data. but this is the number heavy slant From high vaccination rates in high-income and upper-middle income countries where more than 64% have received at least one dose. This number has dropped to 33% for low-middle income countries and just 2.4% for low-income countries.

UN calls for $8bn to address world COVID vaccine imbalance (al Jazeera)

COVID-19: Global vaccine plan aims to end ‘two-track pandemic’ (United Nations News)