According to experts, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will die from Covid-19 this fall as wealthy nations prioritize booster vaccines for their people. The head of the Oxford vaccine group Andrew Pollard said the only way to escape Covid-19 is to vaccinate the entire population.
Pollard said the “failure” of richer nations to distribute more vaccines this summer, along with their decisions to launch large-scale boosting programs, meant a large number of deaths that could now be avoided. will be inevitable.
Vaccine supply to poorer countries is improving and is likely to get better, but for hundreds of thousands of people this will be a bad thing because they can not even get the first dose.
Pollard said it was “really amazing” that within the next month, 50% of the world’s population would be able to get a dose of the vaccine.
“More than 95% of people in low-income countries have not yet received the first dose, while over 60% have been vaccinated in high-income countries. We are protected, but they are not. “To influence global mortality change this year, it is not enough to promise to share the total of 1 billion doses promised in June by the G7.”
The expert said that the case for amplifiers had not yet been agreed by all scientists. He called on richer nations to urgently distribute more doses to poorer countries.
“A dose that is in pharmaceutical refrigerators and is not being used should be directed to poor countries so that distribution is fair and vaccination goes efficiently,” he added.
According to him, there is a lot of evidence that governments have failed in their plan to serve the poor, but this should not apply to vaccines and health care.
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