30 May 2020

Global call for ‘free COVID-19 vaccine for all’

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As the World Health Assembly (WHA) is set to convene on Monday, prominent personalities from across the globe urged world powers to pledge a free “COVID-19 vaccine for all” when available. reports citing foreign media.

An open letter signed by over 140 global leaders and experts urged governments and international partners to ensure that when a safe and effective vaccine is developed, “it is produced rapidly at scale and made available for all people, in all countries, free of charge.”

“Humanity today, in all its fragility, is searching for an effective and safe vaccine against COVID-19. It is our best hope of putting a stop to this painful global pandemic,” the letter said.

After originating in China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.

The pandemic has killed over 304,600 worldwide, with total infections nearing 4.5 million and more than 1.61 million recoveries from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

2020.05.15 / 23:54
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