Covid-19: World Health Organization Criticizes the EU for Export Restrictions on Vaccines

Published On:February 1, 2021, 6:35 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) opposed the announcement by the EU of export restrictions on vaccines manufactured within the bloc, saying that such measures risked the pandemic being prolonged. In the midst of a row with vaccine manufacturers over delivery shortfalls, the EU adopted the measure. But Mariangela Simao, vice-head of WHO, said that it was a "very worrying trend" Former WHO leader Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "vaccine nationalism" could lead to a "protracted recovery" Speaking at the Davos Agenda, a virtual version of the global summit, he said vaccine hoarding would "maintain the burning pandemic and slow global economic recovery," as well as being a "catastrophic moral failure" that could lead to a "catastrophic moral failure" That would eventually lead to worldwide inequality. The export controls on coronavirus vaccines developed in the block are being implemented by the European Union in the midst of a row of delivery deficiencies. The so-called transparency mechanism gives EU countries the power to refuse authorization for exports of vaccines if the company which produces them has not complied with existing EU contracts. The safety and security of our people is a priority and the problems we are facing now leave us with no choice but to take action,' said the European Commission.

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