Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

GENEVA —Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley this morning called on the World Health Organization to convene an “international convention of the world’s people’s representatives” to commit to the fair sharing of coronavirus vaccines.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Prime Minister Rowley said small states in the Caribbean and elsewhere have made “huge sacrifices in an endeavour to protect our populations from the worst ravages of the virus” and said global leaders should agree to make vaccines available to people everywhere, “not just the privileged, well-heeled few.”

WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the UN health agency would issue a new declaration Friday calling for vaccine equity, including appeals to political leaders to increase their financial support for a global effort to distribute vaccines to the world’s poor and calls to countries with supplies to donate extra vaccines at the same time their own populations are being immunized.

To date, 75 per cent of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries and nearly 130 countries haven’t received a single dose.