WHO calls for coronavirus vaccine to be shared globally

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Published on October 27, 2020 by

The World Health Organisation has called for a coronavirus vaccine – once a trial drug has been approved – to be shared by countries across the world.

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus implored countries to share a vaccine, suggesting each country administer a selected number of doses to ensure there was enough availability worldwide.

“It is natural that countries want to protect their own countries first but if and when we have an effective vaccine, we must use it effectively,” he said.

“And the best way to do that is to vaccinate some people in all countries rather than all in some countries.”

The move comes as hopes increase in the United Kingdom that Oxford University’s AstraZeneca drug will be rolled out across the nation before Christmas to doctors, frontline health workers and those most in need.

Australian authorities said the drug would have to be tried and tested on shore first before being rolled out to Australians.

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