World Desk, Amar Ujala, Washington
Updated Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:43 AM IST
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- ‘Vaccine nationalism’ will hit poor countries hard
- Rich countries have already booked a large number of vaccines
- Canada will order more than 6 times its population’s vaccines
Canada has the highest number of vaccine orders per capita. It has ordered vaccine companies to buy five to six times more than its population needs. But a Canadian government spokesman says it is possible that some of the orders given by Canada may not get the green signal to use the vaccine. The Canadian government is taking extra precautions in view of this possibility.
The People’s Vaccine Alliance says the way rich countries are ordering vaccines, it looks like the poorest 70 poorest countries will be able to vaccinate only 10% of their population in 2021. The People’s Vaccine Alliance includes well-known organizations such as Amnesty International. Professor Gregory Hussey at the University of Cape Town in South Africa told TV channel CNN – the first Covid-19 vaccine case showed an intention to adopt a worldview. But now the vaccine has become the most nationalized. Speaking to the same channel, John Nekengasang, head of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the lack of vaccines for poor countries would have devastating effects. He said some countries have more vaccines and some countries do not have them which is not ethical in any way.
When the Corona epidemic broke out, an international initiative called Kovacs emerged. It is managed by the Vaccine Alliance – Gavy. The rich and middle-income countries involved pledged to fund vaccine production. He also said that they would provide vaccines to all countries in a fair manner. In addition, the poorest countries in Africa also signed a separate agreement called the Kovacs Facility. Through this, the cost of providing the vaccine is being paid for by international development organizations and charitable organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates. So far 189 countries have signed both agreements.
“Money is not an obstacle in the way of providing vaccines to everyone,” Gavi said. The Gavi Alliance has raised 2 2 billion to buy vaccines for the poorest countries. It expects to raise 5 billion by the end of next year. But the real question is the availability of vaccines. Companies that have sold the vaccine will not be able to buy Gavy. The European Union, Britain and Canada paid the most for the Kovacs. But as soon as the vaccine was made, he immediately entered into a two-way agreement to buy the vaccine from private companies. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says Kovacs has been ignored by these purchase agreements.
Canadian International Development Minister Karina Gold has said her country wants to protect itself, as most of the vaccine is currently under construction and is only in theoretical scope. So Canada has partnered with a number of companies in the same way it has facilitated catwalks. This has been done in the sense that it is possible that many of these vaccines are not actually made.
Experts say the desire to ensure that citizens of different countries are vaccinated first is understandable. But this is a sad reality. Experts say it is not enough to raise money if there is no supply. According to him, the situation in this case seems so complicated so far.