Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines

(BBC) – The People’s Vaccine Alliance says nearly 70 lower-income countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people.

This is despite Oxford-AstraZeneca pledging to provide 64% of its doses to people in developing nations.
Steps are being taken to ensure access to vaccines is fair around the globe.
This vaccine commitment, known as Covax, has managed to secure 700 million doses of vaccines to be distributed between the 92 lower-income countries that have signed up.
But even with this plan in place, the People’s Vaccine Alliance – a network of organisations including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Global Justice Now – says there is not enough to go round, and drug companies should share their technology to make sure more doses are produced.
Their analysis found that rich countries have bought enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations three times over if all the vaccines are approved for use.
Canada, for example, has ordered enough vaccines to protect each Canadian five times, it claims.
And even though rich nations represent just 14% of the world’s population, they have bought up 53% of all the most promising vaccines so far.
“No-one should be blocked from getting a life-saving vaccine because of the country they live in or the amount of money in their pocket,” said Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s health policy manager.
“But unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come.”
The People’s Vaccine Alliance is calling on all pharmaceutical corporations working on Covid-19 vaccines to openly share their technology and intellectual property so that billions more doses can be manufactured and made available to everyone who needs them.

This can be done through the World Health Organization Covid-19 technology access pool, it says.

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