Public health groups are lobbying countries to provide a “humanitarian buffer” as part of the supply of the CoVid 19 vaccine to people living in rebel-held areas, people living in refugee camps and others. Are also unlikely to receive the vaccine. Their governments.
The purpose of the emergency reservoir is to act as a protective net so that global efforts to eradicate the Cove 19 epidemic cannot be sabotaged that governments do not use vaccines as a bargaining chip with resistant populations Doing so, or simply denying it to some backward groups.
“There are a lot of internally displaced people in Syria who may end up in areas that are not under the control of the government, or they are being targeted by anti-government or revolutionary groups,” said Alain Al-Salhani, a vaccine pharmacist who works with Medicines. Can be considered a supporter. ” Sans Frontieres.
“There are also ethnic minorities or other people who can be ignored, so generally in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh you have entire villages considered pro-Maoist, and they have no access to any kind of health care. Is not accessible. “
The French government is understood to be taking the lead in playing a key role in the buffer, President Emmanuel Macron said. A speech on Friday He hoped that France and its European partners would donate a portion of their food to healthcare workers and others, “in the most vulnerable countries who need it”.
Sources involved in the talks say French officials have indicated that feeding inhumane hoarding between 15 and 5 percent on a rolling basis would be politically realistic, although nothing has been finalized. Is.
The Guardian understands that the UK is still opposed to requests to fund a small percentage of its first dose, even though it has contributed m 500m to the global vaccine distribution scheme Covacs and Increase its financial support Following the World Health Organization (WHO) when the Trump administration in the United States announced that it was withdrawing from the group.
A British government spokesman said: “Our aim is to defeat this virus in order to develop, mass-produce and distribute a vaccine globally.” “We are making sure that people in the UK will have access to the corona virus vaccine once they meet strong safety and efficacy standards, but we also want to support equitable distribution in developing countries. Are active. “
The WHO announced plans to create a buffer, but has not yet provided details about the size of the reservoir and its operation.
As more vaccines come closer to regulatory approval, the world is focusing on vaccinating the population to end the epidemic.
The discovery of an effective vaccine this week is tantamount to setting up a base camp on Mount Everest, said Catherine O’Brien, director of the WHO’s immunization department. “Climbing the peak is really about providing vaccines,” he said.
Wealthy countries have saved many times more vaccine doses than their populations, although some of the formulas they have acquired may be ineffective. The shopping frenzy has raised fears that poor countries will not be able to get adequate supplies of vaccines until at least 2024.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier highlighted the threat in a speech on Wednesday, saying the world needed to recognize that “it is our own business to vaccinate some people in all countries first.” Enlightenment is in the interest, and not just one people in the first few countries.
The distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine is the largest ever made, requiring not only deep injections but also equipment such as glasses, dry ice and refrigerators. UNICEF announced last month that it had begun stockpiling 520 million syringes in anticipation of a rollout.
Experts warn that “vaccine nationalism” – in which countries prefer to vaccinate their populations before others – will prolong the epidemic for years.
In a call with reporters last week, Seth Berkeley, chief executive of the Global Vaccine Fund Gavi, cited a Northwestern University study that found that if the first 2bn doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were disproportionately proportional to the national population. If distributed, deaths worldwide would be reduced. 61.
The study said that if food was consolidated by the 50 richest countries in the world, the number would decrease by 33% globally. “[That is] The hard truth about this epidemic. “Unless everyone is safe, no one is safe,” Berkeley said.
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