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Bruno Rodríguez calls for fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

Havana, Feb 25.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla assured on Twitter today that the world needs an equitable and supportive distribution of anti-Covid-19 vaccines, which allows the protection of the poor and the most vulnerable.

According to the Cuban Foreign Minister, 10 developed countries account for three-quarters of the vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, causing developing nations not to obtain access to immunization until late in 2022.

"While 10 developed countries monopolize 3/4 of the vaccines against # COVID19, many developing nations will not have access to immunization until late 2022. The world needs an equitable and supportive distribution that will protect the poor and most vulnerable" he tweeted.

During a virtual exchange held this Wednesday, the International Committee on Bioethics (CIB) of the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), requested a change of course in current vaccination strategies against Covid-19.

Both the CIB and COMEST urged that vaccines be treated as a global public good to ensure they are equitably available in all countries, and not just to those who bid the highest for them.

According to the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, when the vaccination campaigns were announced all over the planet the world breathed a sigh of relief, however, without solidarity the goal is far from being achieved, and more than 130 countries have not yet received a single dose.

In this regard, the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom, pointed out that equity in vaccines is not only the right thing to do, but the best way to control the pandemic, restore confidence and restart the world economy. (Text and photo: ACN)