UN / A VACCINE FOR ALL

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Addressing an ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting on a Vaccine for All, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said, “vaccine equity is the challenge of our time. And we are failing.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Vaccine equity is the challenge of our time. And we are failing.”

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3. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The inequitable distribution of vaccines is not just a moral outrage; it is also economically and epidemiologically self-defeating. The more transmission, the more variants. And the more variants
that emerge, the more likely it is that they could evade vaccines. And as long as the virus is circulating anywhere, the longer the global recovery will take.”

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5. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We know that some countries and companies plan to do their own bilateral vaccine donations, bypassing COVAX for their own political or commercial reasons. A scarcity of supply is driving these bilateral arrangements, which only increases vaccine inequity. This is a time for partnership, not patronage.”

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7. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF):
“We are calling countries who have excess supplies to loan, to release, or to donate supplies. Sometimes countries have extra doses that they have contracted for the second half of the year. If they can release us, them to us now, it will make a big difference. And we are calling on every country who can, please, give us five percent of your doses, move them now out to the developing world. We have many, many countries who need them; health care workers and doctors have to be protected and they have not yet had a chance to be vaccinated.”

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9. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO):
“This situation is self-defeating for both public health, as we’ve heard, but also for the global economic recovery. Vaccine policy is economic policy. As Secretary-General Guterres has said, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.”

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11. Tilt up, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

STORYLINE:

Addressing an ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting on a Vaccine for All, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (16 Apr) said, “vaccine equity is the challenge of our time. And we are failing.”

Tedros said, “the inequitable distribution of vaccines is not just a moral outrage, it is also economically and epidemiologically self-defeating.”

“As long as the virus is circulating anywhere,” he said, “the longer the global recovery will take.”

The WHO Director General noted that vaccines have been distributed to 110 countries and economies through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, but so far it has fallen short of expectations.

He said, “we know that some countries and companies plan to do their own bilateral vaccine donations, bypassing COVAX for their own political or commercial reasons. A scarcity of supply is driving these bilateral arrangements, which only increases vaccine inequity. This is a time for partnership, not patronage.”


In her address to the meeting, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore called on “countries who have excess supplies to loan, to release, or to donate supplies.”

Fore said, “sometimes countries have extra doses that they have contracted for the second half of the year. If they can release us, them to us now, it will make a big difference. And we are calling on every country who can, please, give us five percent of your doses, move them now out to the developing world. We have many, many countries who need them; health care workers and doctors have to be protected and they have not yet had a chance to be vaccinated.”

For her part, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said, “this situation is self-defeating for both public health, as we’ve heard, but also for the global economic recovery. Vaccine policy is economic policy.”

Quoting Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Okonjo-Iweala said, “vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.”

114 days since the first country started vaccinating. 590 million vaccine doses have been administered, but 77 percent has been in 10 countries. According to some studies, most people in African countries will not be vaccinated before 2023 and emerging countries will have to wait until 2022.

The United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, and Director-General WHO have called for COVID-19 vaccines to be treated as a global public good and for the most vulnerable countries, including those facing humanitarian emergencies to have open and equitable access to vaccines.
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