"The vaccine delivery system promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) is inefficient," Gianmmattei stressed during his speech at the Ibero-American Business Meeting in Andorra.
He also called it irresponsible that "small group of countries that have hoarded vaccines while the rest of the world, especially poor nations, have no way to immunize their people."
To date, Guatemala has received only 80,000 out of the 3 million doses promised under the COVAX system.
#Haiti is in the midst of an ongoing crisis as the Caribbean country has not yet received any help from COVAX, gang violence is rampant, and government forces have clashed with protesters demanding the president resign.https://t.co/EQhjBhaaNq
The Dominican president Abinader urged a more supportive international cooperation to confront the health crisis, curb climate change, and reduce the gap between rich and poor countries.
"Let's think about what we have done wrong and how we can work better," he said and called on pharmaceutical companies to release patents so that vaccines can be produced in other countries.
"The global supply of COVID-19 vaccines is incredibly tight and the COVAX dose-sharing facility is unlikely to buy much more doses in 2021 than those already reserved," he concluded.
#Nicaragua has received its first batch of 135,000 vaccine doses through the COVAX mechanism, after having received similar donations from the peoples and governments of Russia and India. pic.twitter.com/EZD3VuYAwE