The commission should include representatives of producing countries, WHO, GAVI, and international financial institutions, the secretary-general said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on world governments to form an international commission to monitor the production and distribution of vaccines against coronavirus. This was said in a statement released by the UN press service.
According to Guterres, the commission should aim to implement a single plan for COVID vaccines to be developed to “at least double the production of vaccines and ensure equitable distribution using the COVAX mechanism.”
The secretary-general proposed that such a commission include representatives of countries producing (or potential producing) vaccines for the coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), an “international financial institutions capable of interacting with the relevant pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers.
Guterres stressed that the uneven distribution of vaccines in the world is dangerous because “COVID-19 is subject to mutations, it can become more contagious and even more deadly,” and specified that the UN needs at least 11 billion doses to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population to end the pandemic.
Earlier, it was reported that the European Union purchased and supplied member states with COVID vaccines to immunize 70% of the adult population.