World Vision responds to WHO chief’s warning of a “catastrophic moral failure” in the global vaccine rollout.

January19th,2021,   Responding to warnings from the World Health Organisation that the world is on the brink of a “catastrophic moral failure”, as richer nations receive millions of vaccination doses while poorer countries are left behind, Andrew Morley, World Vision International President and CEO has said  “We challenge the worldto be fair in vaccine distribution.That means a roll-out which reaches the most vulnerable communities, where children’s livescontinue to beshatteredeach dayby the aftershocksofthisdreadfulpandemic.   

“Unless this happens,leaderswill have needlessly failed childrenin many parts of the world– putting their futures at risk, at a time whenthey need us to bring hope more than ever.We must unite to ensure children everywherecanreach their God-given potential.” he said. 

World Vision is committed to supporting the fair and equitable global roll-out of WHO endorsed vaccines and is partnering with governments, faith leaders, and community health workers in combatting the spread of COVID-19. 

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Micah Branaman - Communications Technical Director, Global COVID-19 Response, World Vision -mobile: +1 469-286-5662 | email: micah_branaman@consultant.wvi.org

The World Health Organisation’s chief, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared that over 39 million vaccine doses have been distributed in nearly 50 richer nations such as the United States, United Kingdom and Russia, yet one poorer country had only 25 doses. 

World Visionis a Christian humanitarianorganisationdedicated to working with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty andinjustice.World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.  For more information, please visit www.wvi.org or follow us on Twitter @WorldVision       

World Vision has extensive experience partnering with children, communities and leaders to implement vaccine solutions around the world. The organisation, as a member of EBODAC, helped ensure more than 130,000 in four countries were vaccinated, using a two-dose regimen, against Ebola in the West Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo outbreaks, and has been heavily involved in Polio eradication efforts for more than 20 years.