WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned against ‘vaccine nationalism’ on Friday as global powers race ahead to find the first successful vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
Speaking at a press briefing from the Geneva headquarters, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Vaccine nationalism is not good, it will not help us.”
The WHO DG’s remarks echo the instance where the richer countries having found the vaccine will try to keep it to themselves. However, in that case, they cannot expect to remain safe, he added.
Several vaccine candidates around the world are developing the potential COVID-19 vaccine, many of which are in advanced stages of development.
“For the world to recover faster, it has to recover together, because it’s a globalised world: the economies are intertwined,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the video conference. “Part of the world or a few countries cannot be a safe haven and recover.”
“They are not giving charity to others: they are doing it for themselves, because when the rest of the world recovers and opens up, they also benefit.”
Global COVID death toll surpassed 19 million on Friday, with 700,000 total deaths.
Meanwhile, Russia is set to register the world’s first coronavirus vaccine in 12th August, having jointly developed the immunization by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said on Friday, LiveMint reports.
Coronavirus caseload sees an upsurge in various parts of the world, including the lesser developed Africa. So far, South Africa recorded 538,184 infections and more than 9k deaths. South Africa alone contributes to the continent’s 52% caseload and the highest number of deaths.