All global citizen should have fair access to the COVID vaccine, says WHO Chief

Monday, 26 October 2020 - 13:16

World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on the world to work together for a successful vaccine against coronavirus. 

Addressing a video conference at the World Health Assembly in Berlin, Germany, he added that the only way out of the global pandemic was to give poverty-stricken countries fair access to the COVID vaccine. 

He emphasised that although vaccine-producing countries needed to protect their citizens, giving the vaccine to all countries was the key to controlling the epidemic. 

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi of the Indian Government has said that the vaccine against COVID-19 will be made available to all Indians free of charge. 

He stated the above while responding to allegations by the Opposition that the vaccine was being politicised. 

With the elections in the Indian State of Bihar set to take place soon, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that all Bihar residents will be given the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stated that several vaccines against the COVID-19 virus are being developed by Indian scientists. 

Meanwhile, as the coronavirus cases surge in the United States, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has said that the US is "not going to control" the coronavirus pandemic. 

Meadows explained that the virus, "is a contagious virus just like the flu." 

Democratic nominee for Vice President, California Senator Kamala Harris stated that Meadow's comments show that the Trump administration is "admitting defeat." 

However, the White House chief of staff said in a statement that steps would be taken to curb the virus.