Status: 02/22/2021 4:49 p.m.
Together with the WHO, Federal President Steinmeier has again warned for global cohesion in the distribution of the scarce corona vaccines. Whether this succeeds is “a litmus test of international solidarity”.
After a video session with the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier repeated his demand that there should be more fairness in the global distribution of vaccines. Even if governments are first obliged to their own people, the international dimension of the corona pandemic must not be lost sight of, said Steinmeier.
“It’s not easy, but it’s a question of humanity and a question of our own standards by which we are measured.” Whether and how convincingly international cooperation on vaccinations, tests and medication succeeds is also “a litmus test of international solidarity”.
Covax for fair distribution of the vaccine
The conversation with the WHO was mainly about the international Covax initiative, which advocates a fair distribution of corona vaccines. The initiative wants to ensure that people from poorer countries can also protect themselves against Covid-19. Steinmeier welcomed Covax’s plan to start delivering 330 million vaccine doses to 145 countries this week.
Additional expenses for vaccination campaign
WHO Director General Tedros praised the commitment of the federal government, which a few days ago pledged an additional 1.5 billion euros for Covax and further efforts to combat the global pandemic.
At the same time, Tedros pointed out that money would be ineffective if no vaccine could be bought for it. Covax’s work would be affected if industrialized countries contacted vaccine manufacturers directly to secure more vaccine. The WHO chief therefore appealed to rich countries to think about whether their behavior was undermining the Covax initiative.