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Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs

Health & Lifestyle desk || shiningbd

Published: 10:16, 19 July 2021  
Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs

Health and care workers are being "left behind" in efforts to vaccinate the world against Covid-19, nursing leaders say.

There were promises they would be among the first to be jabbed.

But the International Council of Nurses (ICN), which represents 27 million professionals, says tens of millions have not even had one dose.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates around 200 have died each day since the pandemic began.

Howard Catton, chief executive of the ICN, says: "If this was an airline going down every day with 200 people on board, there'd be immediate investigations.

"You've got nurses and healthcare workers knowing that they are at higher risk, knowing that there is a way to protect them… and that people who are far less vulnerable in other countries are getting that protection. But they are being left behind.

"It feels that despite all of the warm words of support, nurses and healthcare workers are in some way are dispensable or disposable.