Vaccines for children / WHO Chief: Moral catastrophe, poor countries do not even have doctors
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that the world is experiencing a "moral catastrophe" as the process of vaccinating children begins in the US, Canada and other rich countries, at a time when in many developing countries the vaccination process has been carried out on health sector employees.
"A handful of rich countries have received most of the vaccines and are already vaccinating low-risk groups. "I urge you to reconsider this and donate vaccines to COVAX," said the WHO chief.
He also pointed out the fact that only 0.3% of the new vaccines they produce go to developing countries, which has meant that in a large part of the world there are no vaccines even for essential workers such as nurses and doctors.
Canada and the United States have authorized Pfizer vaccines for children since the age of 12, but the WHO has said that these countries should not spend vaccines on those groups that are at low risk of coronavirus. However, currently in the US vaccination is allowed for all citizens over 16 years of age, while in some states the process has begun for children under this age.