More than 17,000 health workers worldwide died due to COVID-19, says Amnesty International

The organization called for urgent action to speed up the vaccination of millions of frontline health workers around the world.

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Amnesty International on Friday said that at least 17,000 health workers have died from COVID-19 over the last year.The organisation called for urgent action to speed up the vaccination of millions of frontline health workers around the world.

The grave warning came as global inequalities in vaccine access continued to widen. More than half the world’s doses have so far been administered in just 10 rich countries, making up less than 10 per cent of the world’s population, while over 100 countries are yet to vaccinate a single person.

With many poorer countries due to receive their first batches of vaccines in the coming weeks and months, the organizations called on governments to include all frontline health workers in their distribution plans, including those often ignored in the pandemic such as cleaners, community health workers and social care workers, in order to save lives and provide safe working conditions.

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