The director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has described the current inequity in vaccine distribution by developed countries as unacceptable.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Okonjo-Iweala also talked about the role of the WTO to ensure free trading on the manufacturing and availability of vaccines and Pfizer’s announcement to start manufacturing in South Africa.
The WTO boss noted that it is in the interest of rich countries to support poor countries to get good access.
Pfizer/BioNTech said they have so far shipped more than one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to over 100 countries or territories, including through the Covax vaccine-sharing programme.
However, the Covax scheme, backed by the WHO and heavily relied on by African countries, has so far delivered far fewer doses than expected.