Hans Kluge, the WHO regional head in Europe, said Thursday that manufacturers of anti-Corona vaccines are working non-stop.
Kluge added in an online press conference that continuous work came to fill the shortage of supplies to countries struggling to contain the epidemic and urged them not to scramble to get their orders.
He pointed out that “solidarity does not necessarily mean that every country in the world begins the vaccination process at the same moment … A good understanding of the matter is that no one will be safe before everyone is safe.”
After a question about the late arrival of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to patients in the 27 member states of the European Union, Kluge and Siddhartha Datta, the WHO vaccination expert, called on governments and manufacturers to cooperate in facing the problems that began to appear during the launch of vaccines.
“In fact, there is a shortage of vaccines, but we have no doubt that manufacturers and producers are working non-stop to fill the gaps, and we are confident that the delays we are witnessing now will be compensated for by the additional products in the future,” Kluge said.
The European Union countries, whose members are far behind Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States in launching vaccines, are scrambling to obtain supplies from it, while the major Western pharmaceutical companies are slowing down vaccine delivery to the agglomeration due to production problems.
And Kluge added: “We have to be patient, because vaccination will take time,” adding that 35 countries in Europe have already started vaccination, with 25 million doses given so far.