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In a statement published Tuesday in the US daily Washington Post, the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank called on world leaders to make “a new commitment” to more equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines for all countries.

 

To do this, the signatories said the G7 should devote $50 billion at its next summit in the UK in June to a pandemic plan developed by the IMF and already outlined at the Health Summit in Rome. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that such a sum would “significantly increase the production of diagnostics, treatment, oxygen, medical equipment and vaccines for an equitable distribution.”

 

The IMF recently published a report that revealed that at least 40% of the world’s population must be vaccinated by the end of 2022 to enable a sustainable global economic recovery.