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WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Cautioned Against "Vaccine Nationalism"

BERLIN (Forsige) – On Sunday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for global cooperation in the rollout of any potential vaccine against coronavirus, as the number of cases worldwide has increased.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a video address at the beginning of the three-day World Health Summit in Berlin that the best way to recover from the pandemic was to work together and to ensure that poorer countries had equal access to the vaccine.

“It is natural that countries want to protect their own citizens first but if and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively. And the best way to do that is to vaccinate some people in all countries rather than all people in some countries,” he said.

“Let me be clear: vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it.”

Scientists around the world are racing to create a Covid-19 vaccine that has killed over 1.1 million individuals worldwide.

In clinical trials, several hundred vaccine candidates are currently being tested, ten of which are in the most advanced stage of “phase 3” involving tens of thousands of volunteers, notes AFP.

Huge orders have already been put with companies involved in the production of the most promising vaccines by the European Union, the US, Britain, Japan, and a slew of other countries.

But there is growing concern that countries with smaller wallets might be left at the rear of the line.

An international scheme known as Covax has been introduced by the WHO to help ensure equal access to jabs, but it has failed to raise the funds needed.

In the number of new confirmed cases, the World Health Organization’s coronavirus dashboard demonstrated a third consecutive daily record high. Almost half of the new cases on Saturday were reported in the WHO Europe area, which posted a one-day record high of 221,898 cases.

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