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WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

January 19, 2022


If COVID-19 vaccines and medicines are shared equally worldwide, the pandemic could ease this year, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

However, if wealthier countries don’t share their resources with poorer countries, there will continue to be high rates of deaths and hospitalizations, warned Dr. Michael Ryan, head of emergencies at WHO.

“What we need to do is get to low levels of disease incidence with maximum vaccination of our populations, so nobody has to die,” Ryan said during a panel discussion on vaccine equity hosted by the World Economic Forum, the Associated Press reported.