Jan. 8, 2021

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 8 January 2021

COVAX – set up by GAVI, CEPI and WHO in April last year – has now secured contracts of 2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, which we are ready to rollout as soon as the vaccines are delivered.
However, this is where the current challenge is. Rich countries have bought up the majority of the supply of multiple vaccines. Going forward, I want to see manufacturers prioritise supply and rollout through COVAX.
If I said one thing to people in areas where there are high numbers of cases, it would be to do all you can to avoid mixing with people from other households, especially inside.
This year is the year of the health and care worker. Let’s show our respect and appreciation for health workers by protecting each other and vaccinating all health workers everywhere now.