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COVID-19 effect : Poverty increases and vaccine coverage drops sets back the world to 25 years in 25 weeks

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As per the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Report the pandemic has increased, extreme poverty by seven per cent, while vaccine coverage is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, setting the world back about 25 years in 25 weeks.

Calling for a collective initiative to control the pandemic, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s fourth annual Goalkeepers Report, features new data showcasing how the ripple effects of COVID-19 have stopped 20 years of progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).

The report, co-authored by Bill and Melinda Gates, calls on the world to collaborate on the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment; manufacture tests and doses as quickly as possible; and deliver these tools equitably based on need rather than the ability to pay.

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“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us some of the best of humanity: pathbreaking innovation, heroic acts by frontline workers, and ordinary people doing the best they can for their families, neighbors, and communities,” Bill and Melinda Gates write. “This is a shared global crisis that demands a shared global response.”

The report refers to several viable strategies to help achieve an equitable outcome, including the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which brings together proven organisations like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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