Headline, August 24 2020/ WHO : ''' GLOBAL ''SHARED'' VACCINE '''



''THE FASTEST WAY TO END THIS PANDEMIC and to reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest risk populations everywhere, rather than the entire population of just some countries,''  The DG of WHO said.

GENEVA : THE 'WHO' WROTE TO EVERY COUNTRY on Tuesday urging them to quickly join its global shared vaccine programme - and spelled out who would get an eventual coronavirus jobs first.

The World Health organizations director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that without    vaccinating the planet's highest-risk populations simultaneously, it would be impossible to rebuild the global economy.

And he said the most exposed 20 percent of each country's population - including front line health workers, adults over 65 and those with pre-existing conditions - would be targeted in the first wave of vaccinations, once the WHO-led COVAX shared facility can roll out a proven safe and effective vaccine.

The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 775,000 people and infected almost 22 million since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a telly from official sources.

Researchers and pharmaceutical giants are racing to produce a vaccine, with none of the 29 currently being tested on humans forming part of the COVAX Global Vaccine Facility.

''If there's a winner in vaccines, we'll have one, there's absolutely no question,'' said WHO advisor Bruce Aylward.

Some 92 countries are signed up to COVAX an effort to pool the costs and rewards of funding, producing and distributing rewarding effective vaccines - while a further 80 have expressed interest but are yet to commit fully.

''The COVAX Global Vaccine Facility is the critical mechanism for joint procurement of and pooling risk across multiple vaccines - which is why today I sent a letter to every member state encouraging them to join,'' Tedros said.

He specified that the allocation of vaccines would be rolled out in two phases.
In the first phase, doses would be allocated proportionally to all participating countries simultaneously in a bid to reduce the overall global risk.

In the second phase, individual countries' threat and vulnerability level will then come into play.

''For most countries, a phase one allocation that builds up to 20 percent of the population would cover most of the at-risk groups.''

Tedros further added : ''If we don't protect these highest risk people from the virus everywhere and at the same time, we can't stablise the health systems and rebuild a global economy.

In the absence of a vaccine, the WHO scotched notions that 50 percent of people having developed resistance to the new coronavirus would be enough to achieve ''herd immunity'' and thereby stop transmission.

WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said the planet was ''nowhere close to the levels of immunity required to stop this disease.''
People should ''NOT live in a hope of herd immunity being our salvation. Right now, that is not a solution,'' he added.

Aylward said it would take ''very high'' levels of vaccination to achieve herd immunity, as the vaccine would likely not work in everyone injected.

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