WHO - WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19

08 January 2021 |
  • COVAX – set up by GAVI, CEPI and WHO in April last year – has now secured contracts of 2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, which we are ready to rollout as soon as the vaccines are delivered.
  • However, this is where the current challenge is. Rich countries have bought up the majority of the supply of multiple vaccines. Going forward, I want to see manufacturers prioritise supply and rollout through COVAX.
  • People in areas where there are high numbers of cases should avoid mixing with people from other households, especially inside.
  • This year is the year of the health and care worker. Let’s show our respect and appreciation for health workers by protecting each other and vaccinating all health workers everywhere now.

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