WHO needs $100bn to access COVID-19 vaccine

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that it needs over a “$100 billion” to ensure global access to the COVID-19 vaccine when available.

WHO’s Director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus, who disclosed this during a press conference in Geneva Switzerland, however stated that the said amount was “small” when compared to the $10 trillion spent by some advanced countries.

“This sounds like lots of money and it is.

“But it is small in comparison to the $10trillion that have already been invested by G20 countries in fiscal stimulus to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic so far.”

The WHO chief also disclosed that registered cases of COVID-19 will reach 20 million, with 750,000 deaths, by the end of this week.

“Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering. Leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures.”

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