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WHO urges fair allocation of vaccines

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 22, 2020   /  02:46 pm
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Test run: A medical professional at a community health center (Puskesmas) in Tapos, Depok, West Java, administers a vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccination simulation on Wednesday. (JP/P.J.Leo)

As the world watches closely the final stages of human trials of various potential COVID-19 vaccines, concerns have begun to arise over the fair allocation of vaccines and the insurmountable logistical challenges of ensuring wider accessibility. Speaking in an online event organized by Foreign Policy Community Indonesia on Friday, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said equitable access to vaccines was in the national interest of each and every country. “In our interconnected world if people in low- and middle-income countries miss out on vaccines, the virus will continue to spread and economic recovery globally will be delayed,” he said in a prerecorded message. Such challenges have motivated the WHO and international organizations like the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the GAVI vaccine alliance to establish vario...