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UN Secretary calls unequal distribution of Covid vaccines across globe immoral and stupid


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gestures during an interview with Reuters at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 15, 2021.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines across the globe Friday, saying it was immoral and stupid.

Guterres spoke during a press briefing hosted by the World Health Organization where officials reiterated their goal of vaccinating 40% of every country’s population by the end of the year and 70% by the middle of 2022.

Vaccination rates have lagged behind the organization’s targets in much of the developing world:  WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that less than 5% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated, while high- and upper-middle-income countries have used 75% of the shots produced so far.

“Not to have equitable distribution of vaccines is not only a question of being immoral, it is also a question of being stupid,” Guterres said.

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