For WHO leader, a ‘feeling that we’re failing’

25 June 2021 Vol 372, Issue 6549


In Depth
For WHO leader, a ‘feeling that we’re failing’
By Jon Cohen
Science25 Jun 2021 : 1376-1377 Full Access
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had expected more social responsibility in the face of a global crisis.
Few have spoken out as forcefully against the global disparity in COVID-19 vaccine distribution as Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). Tedros, as he prefers to be called, has labeled the inequity “vaccine apartheid” and a “catastrophic moral failure” that has led to a “two-track pandemic.” A global procurement scheme by WHO and other parties to supply vaccines to poorer countries, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, has not had much impact so far.