Just 10 countries have administered 75% of all Covid-19 vaccinations – with the UN secretary general, António Guterres, sharply criticising the “wildly uneven and unfair” progress made.
He told a high-level meeting of the UN security council that 130 countries had not yet received a single dose of vaccine.
“At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community,” the UN chief said.
The coronavirus has infected more than 109 million people and killed at least 2.4 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
As manufacturers struggle to ramp up production of vaccines, many countries are complaining about being left.
Britain says more than 160 million people are at risk of being excluded from coronavirus vaccinations because they live in countries engulfed in conflict and instability, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. #news