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WHO head says there is ‘scandal’ in global coronavirus vaccine inequity

Only 6% of African population fully vaccinated

Ovunc Kutlu   | 13.11.2021
WHO head says there is ‘scandal’ in global coronavirus vaccine inequity

ANKARA

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said injustices in coronavirus vaccine distribution and access around the world “is a scandal that must stop now."

"Every day, there are six times more boosters administered globally than primary doses in low-income countries," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Friday.

The global disparity is most evident in Africa where only 6% of its population is fully vaccinated, according to the latest WHO data.

The WHO is also struggling with a new COVID-19 crisis in Europe, which saw almost 2 million new cases in the last week -- the most in a single week on the continent since the start of the pandemic.

The UN health agency wants to vaccinate 40% of the population in every country by the end of 2021 but said it needs an additional 550 million doses to meet that target.

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