In Germany, the corona numbers are increasing despite vaccination progress. Most countries in the world, on the other hand, are just beginning to vaccinate. The coronavirus situation is worsening in many places.
In the global fight against the corona pandemic, Germany is supporting vaccination campaigns in poorer countries with a further 260 million euros.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, signed a corresponding contract on Thursday in Geneva. The amount is part of the previously announced 2.2 billion euros from Germany for the international program against the pandemic ‘Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator’ (ACT-A). Spahn said that hundreds of millions of people in all parts of the world will be vaccinated in the coming months.
The funds that have now been agreed for the WHO will be used to develop, manufacture and distribute corona tests, treatment methods and vaccines. A total of 1.5 billion of the German ACT-A funds will flow in the current year.
‘The pandemic is not over yet,’ said the minister. Most of the world is still at the beginning of the vaccination campaign. ‘It is in our own interest that the world is vaccinated,’ said Spahn. ‘This pandemic will only be over when it is over for everyone in the world.’
WHO Director General Tedros said the support comes ‘at a very critical time’. Tedros: ‘Infections and deaths are increasing worldwide.’ In addition, other virus variants threatened.
Spahn also announced that Germany would give more vaccines to other countries in addition to the 30 million vaccine doses already announced. ‘This is the starting point.’
Spahn urged other states to give more support to the WHO. ‘We will only overcome this corona pandemic with a strong WHO.’ He wanted to encourage all other member states to ensure sustainable funding for WHO.
Spahn asked the leadership in China to have access to further research into the origin of the pandemic. ‘We have a great interest in ensuring that the origin of this virus can be traced,’ said Spahn on behalf of the international community. A first mission on behalf of the WHO to Wuhan, China, could not conclusively clarify the question. Spahn demanded that further investigations should follow so that a science-led result would be possible.
Germany is a founding member of the anti-pandemic cooperation ACT-A, which was launched in April 2020. Most of the money goes to the vaccine platform Covax, smaller amounts to the platforms for diagnostics and drugs against Covid-19. Covax funds research into corona vaccines and procures vaccination doses. Financing for 92 of the poorest countries is provided by richer countries.