According to the World Health Organisation, reports from the United Nations Children International Fund indicate a 2.2 billion shortfall of syringes for different volumes. One of the affected volumes is the 0.3 ml auto-disposable syringes that are needed for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination.
According to WHO, data from the Serum Institute of India-the manufactures of the vaccine shows that the shelf life of the vaccine is nine months and not only six months as previously indicated. So countries with stocks expected to expire soon are being urged to store them safely WHO assesses availed data
As a result of being associated with blood clots, several European countries have halted the use of the said vaccines. However, in light of the limited supply of the vaccines, the World Health Organisation country representative to Uganda, Dr Yonas Woldermariam has called upon the government not to take the same route.
In addition to this, 90 per cent of women identified with cervical will receive treatment by 2050. According to the WHO, investing in the above interventions can generate substantial economic and societal returns. It is estimated that if governments invest, they could make returns as high as three dollars for every dollar spent.
Dr Ghebreyesus says that the pandemic has changed economies and lives around the world affecting close to five million people and claiming more than 300,000 lives within a space of five months. He adds that the virus has the ability to bring an end to all the progress that the world had made in health like the reduction of mortality rates to destroying economies.