The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned today about the emergence of a “nationalism of vaccinations” against him coronavirus for the race to find the saving antidote for a disease that already affects more than 20.4 million people in the world.
“The excess demand is already creating a nationalism of vaccines and there is a risk that the prices of them will rise”Tedros remarked. The official added that the WHO wants to prevent speculation with these drugs through initiatives such as the ACT Accelerator, which wants to generalize access to vaccines, treatments and diagnostics in developing countries.
Tedros recalled that the WHO needs 100,000 million dollars to finance this initiative and others that seek to universalize the response tools against the pandemic.
In addition, he stressed that, of that money, 31.3 billion dollars is required “urgently.” “We live in a globalized world, countries depend on each other and if we do not eliminate this virus everywhere we will not be able to rebuild any economy”, he warned at a press conference in Geneva, headquarters of the organization.
His statements come just two days after Russia surprisingly announced the registration of the first vaccine against Covid-19, which was received with caution by the WHO believing that Moscow has not yet released scientific data on the evidence obtained.
The WHO epidemiologist, Bruce Aylward, said today that the Russian vaccine is one of 26 that is undergoing clinical trials, according to the list of more than 170 candidates of the organization.
However, it is not one of the nine that the ACT Accelerator program includes in the Covax group, that is, those that – according to the WHO – are more advanced and whose global production and distribution it would promote. “For now we are in talks with Russia to try to understand the product,” Aylward concluded at the same press conference.