Qatar Red Crescent and World Health Organization Launch Global Refugee Vaccination Project

The Qatar Red Crescent Society has launched a global refugee vaccination initiative which aims to inoculate over 3 million refugees in 20 countries against the coronavirus, starting Monday.

The Qatari humanitarian organization has launched its campaign in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) targeting to collect $100 million in order to vaccinate 3,650,000 refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants, in a statement.

“The announcement of the launch of the campaign comes under extremely difficult humanitarian conditions, as the Covid-19 crisis continues to pose a serious threat to societies,” the organization said.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the initiative amidst the imbalance in vaccine distribution among countries.

In his opening remarks the WHO chief said, “More than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 87% have gone to high- or upper middle-income countries, while low-income countries have received just 0.2%.”

“The inequitable distribution of vaccines is not just a moral outrage, it is also economically and epidemiologically self-defeating,” he added.

“I thank our partners at the Qatar Red Crescent Society for their efforts to bring this campaign to life and to make it a success,” Ghebreyesus said.

The project which will run for three years will also aim to prioritize the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

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