The Red Cross will spend almost a billion kroner to help 500 million people in more than 100 countries to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The organization warns that the global community may have to pay dearly if poor countries are not vaccinated.
Therefore, about 100 million Swiss francs, equivalent to about NOK 956 million, will be used to distribute and get vaccines approved.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has already begun working with authorities in more than 60 countries to identify where the money can be used most effectively.
“The current lack of justice in how the vaccines are distributed is worrying and could have fatal and catastrophic consequences,” IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain warned on Thursday.
Chapagain pointed out that 70% of the world’s vaccine doses have so far been administered in the world’s 50 richest countries, while only 0.1% have been administered in the 50 poorest.
“This could prolong and even exacerbate this horrific pandemic,” Chapagain said, pointing out that the virus continues to circulate and mutate in large parts of the world.
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