WHO welcomes G7 vaccine pledge but says more needed quickly

by Reuters
Monday, 14 June 2021 15:32 GMT

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset on the sidelines of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland May 24, 2021. Laurent Gillieron/Pool via REUTERS

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The Group of Seven pledged to provide 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines over the next year

GENEVA, June 14 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general on Monday welcomed the Group of Seven's weekend pledge of 870 million COVID-19 vaccine doses but said that many more were needed and quickly.

"This is a big help, but we need more, and we need them faster," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a WHO news conference on Monday. Some 10,000 people are still dying each day from the disease and critically ill patients in Africa had a higher mortality rate, he said.

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Michael Shields)