Vienna, 14 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on wealthy countries to donate coronavirus vaccinations to poor countries instead of immediately starting to vaccinate children.
“At present, only 0.3 per cent of Covid-19 vaccine supply is going to low-income countries,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement on Friday.
He said that, due to the vaccine shortage, in many low- and middle-income countries, health and care workers had not even been vaccinated against the virus.
“I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX,” Ghebreyesus said, referring to the international vaccine alliance that distributes shots globally.
In rich countries, this stance does not seem very popular.
German Family Minister Franziska Giffey on Friday said she was in favour of prioritizing the vaccination of children and youths as soon as a vaccine is authorized for those age groups.
In the United States, the vaccine produced by manufacturers BioNTech and Pfizer has already been approved for children aged 12 and older.