Daily US Times: The World Health Organization (WHO) says Covid-19s has severely affected healthcare staff and may have killed between 80,000 and 180,000.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that healthcare workers must be prioritised for vaccines and he criticised unfairness in the distribution of jabs.
The deaths of the healthcare workers occurred between January 2020 and May of this year.
Earlier, another senior official of the global health body warned a lack of jabs could see the pandemic continue well into next year.
There are an estimated 135 million healthcare workers around the world.
Dr Tedros said: “Data from 119 countries suggest that on average, two in five healthcare workers globally are fully vaccinated.”
Thw WHO chief said that fewer than one in 10 healthcare workers were fully vaccinated in Africa, compared with eight in 10 in high-income countries.
A failure to provide poorer nations with enough vaccines was highlighted earlier by another senior leader at the WHO, Dr Bruce Aylward, who said it meant the Covid crisis could “easily drag on deep into 2022”.
Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated against the deadly disease, compared with 40% on most other continents.
The vast majority of Covid vaccines overall have been used in upper middle-income or high-income countries. The African continent accounts for just 2.6% of doses administered globally.
The original idea behind Covax, the United Nations-backed global programme to distribute coronavirus vaccines fairly, was that all countries would be able to acquire vaccines from its pool, including wealthy ones.
But most G7 nations decided to hold back once they started making their own one-to-one deals with pharmaceutical companies.