The World Health Organization on Thursday warned governments against “vaccine nationalism” and urged leaders to now share life-saving vaccines against coronoviruses.
WHO Director General Drs. Tedros Adnom Ghebius said that the threat of COVID-19 can only be eradicated with global coordination – especially when a vaccine is developed.
“There has to be a global consensus to make a vaccine, any product, a global public product,” Ghebius told “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt during a panel discussion organized by the Aspen Security Forum.
“And this is a political option, a political commitment. And we want political leaders to decide on this. Vaccine nationalism is not good. It will not help us.”
No nation’s economy can contribute again to this epidemic without defeating the virus worldwide, according to Ghebreyesus, who appeared with its top personnel, the DRS. Mike Ryan and Maria Dejosf Van Kerkhov via Zoom.
“It’s not for sharing. It’s only because it has advantages,” the World Health Officer said.
“Sharing vaccines or sharing other tools really helps the world recover together, and economic recovery can happen faster and damage can be mitigated by COVID-19. So when those countries “They have the means, who have the money for it. They are not giving donations to others, they are doing it for themselves.”
Back in March, in the early stages of the epidemic, the Trump administration reportedly attempted to lure a German company seeking a coronovirus vaccine to transfer its research to the US. This led German politicians to insist that no country should have a monopoly on any vaccine in the future.
According to calculations released on Thursday by NBC News and the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 18.8 million people have tested positive worldwide and more than 708,000 have died.
The United States has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, a disease caused by the virus, 4.8 million in total infections and close to 160,000 deaths – no relief in immediate sight.
Earlier this week, Ghebreyesus said there was no “silver bullet” to quickly cure or vaccinate the world. He clarified the comments on Thursday, stating that he wants people to behave best now.
“Physical distancing, hand hygiene, wearing masks, etc.,” said Gibeius. “If we can use all these means, we can suppress and control this epidemic, many countries have shown. So my message was, let’s do what we can today to save lives.” “
Dr. Ryan, WHO’s executive director, echoed Gheebius for letting people act responsibly and not expecting vaccines to save the day.
Six potential vaccines are now in Phase 3 trials: three in China and one by AstraZeneca at Oxford University, Astra and Pfizer University.
“Caution words, stage 3 means ‘almost not there,'” Ryan said. “This is the beginning. Until now, all studies have been around safety … and ensuring that the vaccine induces an immune response in small numbers of humans.”