Vaccine distribution to poorer nations needs to improve, WTO chief says

SourceThe National
CountryMiddle east

The global economy faces a long wait to achieve herd immunity if current inequality in vaccine distribution persists, the new head of the World Trade Organisation said. Only 0.1 per cent of vaccines that have been administered so far have been in low-income countries, while 86 per cent have been in high and middle-income countries, WTO director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in an online panel event at the International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meeting on Thursday evening. “If we don’t do something to change the pace at which the poorer countries are getting access to vaccines, it will take a long time to get more...