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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