The World Health Organization has called on wealthy countries to donate vaccines to poorer countries as soon as possible.
Ten million doses will be required within the next few days, said WHO chief Tedros in Geneva. Then 20 countries could start vaccinating that would otherwise have no doses available by early April. There are – so Tedros literally – “lots of countries that could afford to donate vaccines without much influence on their own vaccination campaigns”. The international Covax project, which is primarily intended to supply poorer countries with vaccines, had previously complained of a major shortage of supplies.
A big problem are tightened export controls in India, which led to considerable delays. This is where around half of the 237 million cans Covax wanted to deliver to over 100 countries by May should come. The government in New Delhi had justified the restrictions with increased personal requirements against the background of increasing numbers of infections.
Further articles on the coronavirus
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+ Covid-19: Current figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of March 27)
+ Holidays: What will happen to the Easter holiday? (As of March 23)
Test and protection
+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccination appointment: how can I get vaccinated when and where? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccinations: What is known about the side effects of vaccines (as of March 19)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of March 8th)
Treatment: How does an antibody drug work and when does it make sense? (As of February 26th)
Contagion and Transmission
+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new mutations of the coronavirus? (Status: 13.03.)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of 02/09)
+ Transmission: What role do aerosols play (as of January 22)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (Status: 13.03.)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of March 27)
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This message was broadcast on March 27th, 2021 on Deutschlandfunk.