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UN secretary-general calls out wealthy countries for vaccine ‘selfishness’


NEW YORK — Wealthy nations “are getting an F in Ethics” due to the uneven distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic, drawing a sharp rebuke from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“A majority of the wealthier world vaccinated,” Guterres told the U.N.General Assembly in a Tuesday address . “Over 90% of Africans still waiting for their first dose. This is a moral indictment of the state of our world.”

That reprimand seemed to target Western powers, such as the United States and European countries in particular, where vaccines have been widely available for months. International monitors are slashing their forecasts for the number of vaccines that will be available in Africa by the end of the year. That disparity has contributed to debates about the prudence and justice of approving booster shots in wealthy countries when so much of the developing world remains unvaccinated.

This article was originally published by Washington Examiner. Read the full article.

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