The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reavealed that the greatest threat that most countries face now is lack of access to vaccines.
Dr. Tedros who made this known on Monday at a press briefing said, “Almost every day, I receive calls from senior political leaders around the world, asking when their country will receive their vaccines through COVAX.
“Some of them are frustrated, and I understand why. They see some of the world’s richest countries buying enough vaccines to immunize their populations several times over, while their own countries have nothing,” he said.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that several countries have suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines as a precautionary measure, after reports of blood clots in people who had received the vaccine from two batches produced in Europe.
However, the Director General said, “this does not necessarily mean these events are linked to vaccination, but it’s routine practice to investigate them, and it shows that the surveillance system works and that effective controls are in place.
“We welcome the commitment by the Quad countries to deliver up to 1 billion doses of vaccine in the Asia-Pacific region through COVAX.”
In his closing remark, he called on all countries to work in solidarity to ensure that vaccination begins in all countries within the first 100 days of this year.
“No country can simply vaccinate its way out of this pandemic alone. We are all in this together,” he added.