The World Health Organization refuses to reveal the number of its employees who have received vaccines


The United Nations World Health Organization, which has often called on countries of the world to vaccinate its citizens against Covid-19 and other diseases, on Friday refused to specify the number of its employees who received vaccines.”We will not be able to get hold of that information because it is confidential,” said Dr Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization.

Referring to UN staff, UN spokeswoman in Geneva Alessandra Vellucci said: “We do not disclose this type of information. It is something that is told to the medical service. So unfortunately we will not be able to reveal these numbers.”Vellucci said she would look into the possibility of providing the percentages of UN staff who have been vaccinated.

In November, the World Health Organization indicated that 65 of its employees had tested positive for the virus, confirming information in an internal email seen by The Associated Press.

The refusal of the World Health Organization and the United Nations itself to disclose vaccination statistics indicates the legal restrictions that many organizations face regarding privacy, especially in Europe.The United Nations and the World Health Organization stressed the need for vaccination as part of a set of measures such as the use of masks and social distancing in order to overcome the pandemic.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that he had been vaccinated, and was encouraged to do so. His agency and many health authorities around the world have struggled to counter a wave of anti-vaccine sentiment.


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