All countries must be vaccinated to end pandemic, says World Bank chief

SourceThe Guardian
CountryMiddle east

David Malpass says delivery systems must be improved in poorer nations as world prepares for next crisis ‘So much capacity is taken up by advanced countries while poorer countries had made less progress in signing contracts with manufacturers,’ Malpass said. Photograph: José Luis Magaña/AP Serious capacity constraints on vaccination programmes pose the biggest threat to the World Bank’s ambitious goal that all 7 billion people across the globe should be offered Covid-19 protection within a year, its president has said. In an interview with the Guardian, David Malpass said delivery systems in poor countries and the fact that so many vaccines were going to rich countries were more important factors than money in ensuring success. Malpass said beating the pandemic required all countries to be immunised and that the global community should already be preparing for the next crisis. “One goal the world should have is to prepare for future disasters, other pandemics that will require vaccine systems, and both manufacturing and delivery capacity. I more...