"There is no diplomatic way to say it: A small group of countries that make and buy the majority of the world's vaccines controls the fate of the rest of the world." - WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
More than 75% of all vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries.
There is simply "not enough supply" globally, which means that "countries that vaccinate children and other low-risk groups now do so at the expense of health workers and high-risk groups in other countries," said Tedros. "That's the reality."
"Several manufacturers have said they have capacity to produce vaccines if the originator companies are willing to share licenses, technology, and know-how," said Tedros. "I find it difficult to understand why this has not happened yet." [He understands full well but won’t say - profits. Especially now it is clear that booster shots will have to be given for the perceivable future, more income for Big Pharma.]
Tedros added, "the only choice we have is between cooperation and insecurity."