FHI’s Stoltenberg: Rich countries such as Norway are getting too many vaccine doses

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Ali Zare / NTB

Rich countries such as Norway are getting too large a share of the vaccines, and this may prolong the pandemic, FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg said on Sunday.

While rich countries have secured good vaccine coverage and are in the process of administering booster doses, only a small number of the inhabitants of many populous developing countries have been offered vaccines.

“It is quite clear that rich countries such as Norway use a disproportionately high proportion of vaccines and can thus contribute to prolonging the pandemic,” FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg told TV 2.

However, she also pointed out that Norway and other countries have become involved in obtaining vaccine doses for the rest of the world.

WHO position

“Therefore, the answer is a bit complicated. But it is quite clear that the WHO chief is right. It is important to prioritize vaccination in other parts of the world,” Stoltenberg said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that rich countries’ race to provide booster doses to their citizens increases inequality in the world and prolongs the pandemic.

“No country can vaccinate itself out of the pandemic, and booster doses must not be seen as a clear signal to continue planned celebrations,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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