- The World Health Organization has declined to say how many of its employees have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The agency told the Associated press the information was “confidential”.
- In April, the agency said it was against vaccination warrants.
The World Health Organization will not reveal the number of its own employees vaccinated against COVID-19, the Associated press reported.
“We won’t have this because it’s confidential,” Dr Margaret Harris, spokesperson for the World Health Organization, told the AP.
WHO has pushed for better access to vaccines worldwide and has encouraged people to get vaccinated as soon as as they are able. The organization is a leader in COVAX, a program to help send vaccines to countries most in need.
The agency is also monitoring data released by countries on vaccination rates and reports on it, but while some WHO officials – like Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – have said they have been vaccinated, the rules of medical confidentiality made it difficult for the agency. to publish more data on the number of employees who got their snapshots.
In November 2020, the agency revealed that 65 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced a plan to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the United States by making vaccinations mandatory for federal employees, federal agency contractors, and the staff of all. health care facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding.
In addition, private companies with more than 100 employees must require that workers be vaccinated or tested weekly.
In April of this year, WHO noted it does not support COVID-19 vaccine warrants.
The WHO is not the only organization not to publish data on internal vaccinations: a United Nations spokesperson also told the PA that his agency was unable to disclose the number of its employees who have been vaccinated.
“We do not divulge this kind of information. It is something that is being told to the medical service. So, no, unfortunately, we cannot give you these figures,” said UN spokesperson Alessandra. Vellucci at the AP.
WHO did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.