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Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to address global COVID-19 vaccine inequity "tragedy"

CA, 19 Apr 2021
Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined the World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, urging world leaders to "step up" and address global vaccine inequity, as countries around the world race to vaccinate their citizens against the coronavirus.

Thunberg took a swipe at vaccine nationalism, saying it was "unethical" that richer countries were prioritizing their younger citizens for vaccination ahead of vulnerable groups in developing countries.

"One in four people in high-income countries have received the coronavirus vaccine, compared with just one in over 500 in low and middle-income countries," she said.

Thunberg also said she hoped a planned U.S.-led summit this month on tackling the climate crisis would start treating it as a real crisis.

"We can have as many as summits as we want... (but) as long as we are not treating the crisis as a crisis we will not be able to achieve any major changes," she said.

Thunberg became the youngest person to donate to the WHO's COVAX initiative, which aims to provide an equitable vaccine distribution worldwide.

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