GENEVA: Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg on Monday slammed the “tragedy” of vaccine inequity as she donated 100,000 euros ($120,000) from her foundation to the Covax scheme for global access to Covid-19 jabs.
The donation to the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation will support the purchase of vaccines destined for the most vulnerable populations and health workers in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“The international community must do more to address the tragedy that is vaccine inequity,” 18-year-old Thunberg said. “We have the means at our disposal to correct the great imbalance that exists around the world today in the fight against Covid-19. Just as with the climate crisis, we must help those who are the most vulnerable first.”
She said Covax “offers the best path forward to ensure true vaccine equity and a way out of the pandemic”.
Nearly 900 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been injected in at least 206 territories around the world, according to an AFP count. Some 48 per cent of the doses have been administered in high-income countries accounting for 16 percent of the global population.
Just 0.1 percent have been administered in the 29 lowest-income countries, home to nine percent of the world’s population.
$2 billion needed
The Covax facility ensures the 92 poorest participating economies can access coronavirus jabs, with the cost covered by donors.
Since the first shipment landed in Ghana on February 24, Covax has delivered more than 39 million doses to 114 participating territories.
Covax is co-led by the WHO, the Gavi vaccine alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. The scheme is aiming to distribute enough doses to vaccinate up to 27 per cent of the population in the 92 poorest participating economies by the end of the year.
The facility on Thursday launched a push for an extra $2 billion in donations, saying it needed the money in advance to reserve Covid vaccine doses throughout the rest of the year.
Some $400 million was raised at Thursday’s opening donor conference, while Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will host a Covax funding summit focused on the


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