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WHO Says G7 Vaccine Pledge Falls Far Short of What’s Needed to End Pandemic

HeadlineJun 15, 2021

The World Health Organization warned Monday the coronavirus is spreading faster than the global distribution of vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was responding to a pledge by leaders of the G7 to donate 1 billion vaccine doses to middle- and low-income countries. That’s just 613 million new doses on top of previously pledged aid.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “This is a big help, but we need more, and we need them faster. More than 10,000 people are dying every day. During this press conference alone, more than 420 people will die. These communities need vaccines, and they need them now, not next year.”

The WHO says 11 billion doses are needed to fully vaccinate 70% of the world’s population.

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