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High-income countries' vaccine deals undermine COVAX: WHO chief

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FILE: Geneva, Switzerland - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters
2. Entrance to WHO headquarters

Geneva, Switzerland - Feb 22, 2021 (WHO - Access All)
3. Press briefing in progress
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organization:
"Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it's doing. This is not a matter of charity. It's a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere."

FILE: Beijing, China - 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of production line for vaccines
6. Various of workers putting vaccine doses into boxes

FILE: Shanghai, China - Oct 24, 2020 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. Sign reading "AstraZeneca"

FILE: Shanghai, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Information board showing slogans of AstraZeneca

USA - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Various of vaccines in production

New York City, USA - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Various of people queuing outside vaccination hub, posters

Madrid, Spain - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Locals queuing for vaccination
12. Medical worker preparing shot
13. Medical worker inoculating resident

Harare, Zimbabwe - Feb 18, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
14. Various of vaccination in progress

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that deals between some high-income countries and manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are undermining its COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses it can purchase.

There is at least a funding gap of 22.9 billion U.S. dollars to "fully finance" the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator this year, Tedros said at a WHO press briefing on Monday, adding that "money is not the only challenge we face, if there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant."

"Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it's doing. This is not a matter of charity. It's a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere," he said.

The WHO chief stressed that the longer the virus spreads, the more opportunities there are for changes, and that could make the vaccine less effective. Currently, more vaccines are being developed and produced globally, and there will be enough vaccine for everyone in the future. But for now and for the rest of this year, vaccines will be a limited resource and must be used strategically.

Tedros called on all countries, including high-income countries, to share vaccine doses immediately, and urged manufacturers to prioritize contracts with COVAX and significantly increase the production of vaccines.

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  • Dateline : Feb 18/22, 2021/Recent/File
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Switzerland-Coronavirus/WHO/Vaccine

High-income countries' vaccine deals undermine COVAX: WHO chief

Dateline : Feb 18/22, 2021/Recent/File

Location : Switzerland

Duration : 1'38

  • English
  • Español


FILE: Geneva, Switzerland - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters
2. Entrance to WHO headquarters

Geneva, Switzerland - Feb 22, 2021 (WHO - Access All)
3. Press briefing in progress
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organization:
"Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it's doing. This is not a matter of charity. It's a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere."

FILE: Beijing, China - 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of production line for vaccines
6. Various of workers putting vaccine doses into boxes

FILE: Shanghai, China - Oct 24, 2020 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. Sign reading "AstraZeneca"

FILE: Shanghai, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Information board showing slogans of AstraZeneca

USA - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Various of vaccines in production

New York City, USA - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Various of people queuing outside vaccination hub, posters

Madrid, Spain - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Locals queuing for vaccination
12. Medical worker preparing shot
13. Medical worker inoculating resident

Harare, Zimbabwe - Feb 18, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
14. Various of vaccination in progress


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that deals between some high-income countries and manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are undermining its COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses it can purchase.

There is at least a funding gap of 22.9 billion U.S. dollars to "fully finance" the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator this year, Tedros said at a WHO press briefing on Monday, adding that "money is not the only challenge we face, if there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant."

"Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it's doing. This is not a matter of charity. It's a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere," he said.

The WHO chief stressed that the longer the virus spreads, the more opportunities there are for changes, and that could make the vaccine less effective. Currently, more vaccines are being developed and produced globally, and there will be enough vaccine for everyone in the future. But for now and for the rest of this year, vaccines will be a limited resource and must be used strategically.

Tedros called on all countries, including high-income countries, to share vaccine doses immediately, and urged manufacturers to prioritize contracts with COVAX and significantly increase the production of vaccines.

ID : 8178882

Published : 2021-02-23 09:09

Last Modified : 2021-02-23 18:10:58

Source : China Central Television (CCTV),China Global Television Network (CGTN),Other

Restrictions : See Shotlist

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