If France, like its neighbors, has embarked on a race against time to vaccinate its population, it does not forget that this race is more difficult for the poorest countries.
This Tuesday, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian thus defended, before the World Health Organization (WHO), the equitable sharing of the tools to fight against Covid-19, with the establishment of a chart.
This six-point document was presented at a meeting of the ACT Accelerator Initiative (Act-A), a mechanism launched by the UN with the support of several countries to facilitate universal access to vaccines and treatments.
This charter, summarized the head of French diplomacy, “it is a commitment to put public funding at the service of research, to share data, knowledge and to encourage technology transfer”.
With this charter, Jean-Yves Le Drian said he wanted to “commit to fighting so that vaccines are accessible at transparent and fair prices”.
Three quarters of the doses deployed in only 10 countries
During this meeting, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, indicated that the ACT Accelerator needed this year 27 billion dollars (22 billion euros), deploring that “more than 90% of the countries which currently deploying vaccines are rich. 75% of the 130 million doses deployed were deployed in only 10 countries ”.
Jean-Yves Le Drian called on the international community to redouble their efforts by supporting “the rise in power” of the Covax mechanism set up by the WHO to try to guarantee an equitable distribution of vaccines against Covid-19, and which very soon to deliver the first vials to low-income countries.
This inequality in vaccine distribution is not without danger according to the WHO boss: “The longer the virus circulates, the more it can mutate, which could make tests, treatments and vaccines current. less effective ”.
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