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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared at a World Health Organization press conference to condemn vaccine nationalism, saying vaccines should go to low-income countries before young and healthy ones in developed countries.

Thunberg, 18, who rose to prominence by denouncing the government’s lack of action on climate change, weighed in on a subject repeatedly addressed by the United Nations as some countries, including Israel, the Great Britain and the United States are vaccinating younger, healthier people.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned in January of the “moral failure” of richer countries to first appropriate available vaccines and urged them to share their vaccines with poorer countries once their most vulnerable are vaccinated.

Thunberg, who donated $ 120,000 to the WHO Global Immunization Initiative, called “totally unethical” that richer countries vaccinate young people “if it happens at the expense of people belonging to at-risk groups and on the front lines in low- and middle-income countries”.

“The international community, governments and vaccine developers must step up their game and tackle the tragedy of vaccine inequity,” she added.

Experts have long said that if the virus does not rage across much of the world, it could mutate into more powerful variants and prolong the pandemic.

Thunberg also linked the pandemic to the need to treat the environment better, citing theories that pandemics have resulted from human exploitation of natural resources and encroachment on animal habitats.

“We can no longer separate the health crisis from the ecological crisis, and we cannot separate the ecological crisis from the climate crisis. Everything is linked in many ways. “

In remarks this week, Tedros noted that 5.2 million new coronavirus infections were reported last week, the most since the start of the pandemic. He added that infections and hospitalizations of younger groups under the age of 60 were increasing at an “alarming” rate.



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