Published:  03:00 AM, 09 May 2021

WHO tells G7 vaccine inequity 'unacceptable'

WHO tells G7 vaccine inequity 'unacceptable'

The WHO chief on Friday implored the G7 to prioritize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the globe, branding the current imbalance morally inadmissible.World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the uneven distribution of vaccines among rich and poor nations would not help to end the coronavirus pandemic.

"For the G7 now, the most important and the immediate support we need is vaccines, and vaccine equity," he told a press conference. Nearly 1.25 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been injected in at least 210 territories around the world, according to an AFP count.

Some 45 percent of the doses have been administered in high-income countries accounting  for 16 percent of the global population.Just 0.3 percent have been administered in the 29 lowest-income countries, home to 9 percent of the world's population."This kind of divide is unacceptable," Tedros said.

"Not because of just a moral issue, but it's unacceptable because we will not defeat the virus in a divided world."The Group of Seven industrial powers are holding a summit on June 11-13 in Cornwall, southwest England, hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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