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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

WHO wants 1 in 3 people vaccinated by year’s end

The Health Ministry reported 1,149 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 1,145 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 254,984 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 45 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 14,766.

WHO boss wants one third of all countries to be vaccinated by year-end: World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus called yesterday on the World Health Assembly to “support a massive push” to get at least 10% of each country’s population vaccinated against covid-19 by September, and to push that figure to 30% by the end of the year. To reach the September target, some 250 mn individuals in low- and middle-income countries need to be vaccinated within four months, Ghebreyesus noted. These targets can be reached by ramping up global vaccine manufacturing to fulfill demand and for vaccine manufacturers to commit half of their output to the Covax program.

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