Guatemala and doctor complain about the Kovacs mechanism: “it’s a failure”

Guatemala and doctor complain about the Kovacs mechanism: “it’s a failure”

The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giamatti, and the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, complained this Tuesday about the distribution mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccines, Kovacs, where they said, “It is a failure.”

In a dialogue between the leaders at the conclusion of the thirteenth meeting of the Ibero-American Business Meeting in Andorra, They are both dissatisfied with the vaccines being distributed through this fund promoted by both public and private actors Which aims to ensure equitable access to all countries.

The President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, and the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, as well as the President of that country, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the President of the Government of Andorra, Xavier Espot, also participated in this dialogue, and the discussion was moderated by the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebecca Greenspan.

Giamatti protested, “The Kovacs system was a failure, I said it myself in protest of irresponsibility, as a small group of countries have all the vaccines and a large number that we cannot access.”

The President emphasized that of the three million doses, they had to reach Guatemala through this mechanism, “Only 81,000 arrived,” and they have already obtained more than 200,000 through a direct agreement with India.

He added: “We have bought Sputnik outside the mechanisms of Kovacs, and it is a failure. We need a more supportive world.”

For his part, the Dominican leader shared the opinion of his counterpart and explained that his country had already requested “to be able to obtain an agreement on patents to be able to produce” at the national level.

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“This has not been achieved,” Abinader said. “I understand that every country wants to get vaccines for its people first, but I think we lack creativity in this sense.”

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