WHO Decries Unequal Access To Vaccines, Calls For Global Changes

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned of “highly unequal access” to vaccines against COVID-19 and other diseases in rich and poor countries, calling for global market changes.

According to the WHO for example, the vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, has only been introduced in 41 per cent of low-income countries.

WHO said in a report published said this was compared to 83 per cent of high-income countries.

However, the report shows that free market policies are depriving some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people of this right.

Therefore, to advance equitable access to vaccines, the WHO urged governments to develop clear vaccination plans, strengthen oversight of vaccine development, production and distribution, and explore regional research and production centres.

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