WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the gap between the number of new types of corona virus (Covid-19) vaccines applied in rich countries and the number of vaccines provided by the international Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Program (COVAX), which provides vaccine access to poor countries. he said that he grew the other day and turned into “black humor”.

Ghebreyesus held a press conference using video conferencing at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stating that some countries are competing to vaccinate all their populations without naming names, Ghebreyesus pointed out that in low-income countries, vaccination has not yet started.

Ghebreyesus warned that the gap between the number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in rich countries and the number of vaccines supplied by the international COVAX initiative, which provides vaccine access to poor countries, is growing day by day, turning into “black humor”.

Stating that although South Korea is a high-income country, it does not enter into bilateral agreements with vaccine manufacturers and expects vaccines from COVAX, Ghebreyesus cited South Korea as an example of rich countries.

In a statement made on March 19, Ghebreyesus stated that 411 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered worldwide, 76 percent of which were made in only 10 countries.


Reminding that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Oxford University’s pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in England was reported to be 79 percent effective in the ongoing 3rd phase studies in the USA, Ghebreyesus underlined that this vaccine, most importantly, “did not create an increase in the risk of blood clotting”, “This is “The data are further evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective,” he said.

Ghebreyesus emphasized that only AstraZeneca made the decision to sell the Covid-19 vaccines produced at their cost, and that there is no other example of this.


WHO Deputy Director-General Dr. Mariangela Simao stated that no country in Africa has rejected the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Pointing out that the safety concerns regarding this vaccine are over, Simao said, “Everything is back to normal, there is no country in the African continent that rejects AstraZeneca.”


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