“The development of safe and effective vaccines is one thing. Producing them in adequate quantities and reaching everyone who needs them is another,” WHO Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai informed reporters within the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
While some international locations which have unbiased vaccine buy agreements would possibly begin vaccination campaigns within the coming months, others may see vaccination start within the center or late 2021, mentioned Dr. Socorro Escalante, WHO’s coordinator for important medicines and well being applied sciences.
“It’s important to emphasize that most, if not all, the countries in the Western Pacific region are a part of the COVAX Facility,” mentioned Escalante. “Within the COVAX Facility we are expecting that the vaccines will be coming in on the second quarter of 2021.”
COVAX was arrange by WHO, vaccines alliance GAVI and CEPI, a world coalition to combat epidemics, in an effort to make sure equitable entry to vaccines internationally.
WHO representatives additionally urged that high-risk teams needs to be prioritized for vaccination as vaccines will solely be out there in restricted portions.
The well being company warned that mass vaccination won’t cease the virus and that governments must undertake a long-term mindset and strategy when new instances are detected, together with elevated testing, contact tracing and quarantine measures.
“The virus does not rest, and so therefore we need to continue with our responses ensuring that they are implemented consistently,” mentioned WHO Regional Emergency Director Dr. Babatunde Olowokure.
Olowokure additionally appealed to youthful individuals – which characterize rising variety of new confirmed instances within the area -to adhere to social distancing and different measures.
The WHO Western Pacific Region is house to nearly 1.9 billion individuals throughout 37 international locations and territories.
Globally, the virus has contaminated greater than 74 million individuals and killed greater than 1.6 million. More than 41.9 million individuals have recovered from the illness.