A health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered in Fiumicino, near Rome's international airport on Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo: AP-Yonhap News)
The World Health Organization has slammed wealthy countries for hogging vaccines to fight COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that direct deals in some rich countries with manufacturers meant that previously-agreed vaccine allocations for poorer countries, via the WHO's global COVAX initiative, were being reduced.
Dr. Tedros said funds were available to secure doses for some of the world's poorest countries following new contributions from the United
States, the European Union and Germany, but it was worthless if there was nothing to buy.
Under the COVAX scheme, the first wave of vaccines are scheduled to be shipped out between late February and the end of June.
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