March 25, 2023

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The WHO says the epidemic will last longer than expected

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the COV-19 epidemic will “last another year longer than needed” because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need.

Bruce Aylward, a senior official at the World Health Organization, says the Govt crisis could “be pulled deeper by 2022”.

Less than 5% of Africa’s population is vaccinated compared to 40% on other continents.

The UK has distributed more than 10 million vaccines to countries in need. And pledged a total of 100 million.

Ilward called on rich countries to give up their places in the vaccine line to give preference to low-income countries by pharmaceutical companies.

According to him, the rich countries have to “pick up an inventory” to see where they stand with their donation obligations – for example, during the G7 summit in Cornwall, southeast of the UK in June.

“I can say that we are not on the right track,” he said.

“Do we really need to move forward, or do you know what’s going to happen? This epidemic will last another year longer than it needs to.”

The People’s Vaccine – Alliance of Charities – has released new numbers, saying only one of the seven doses promised by pharmaceutical companies and rich countries is actually reaching its target in poorer countries.

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The majority of Govt vaccines are given in high-income or upper-middle-income countries. Only 2.6% of the globally managed quantities are in Africa.

The charity, which also includes Oxfam and UNAIDS, has also criticized the UN-backed global program to distribute vaccines to Canada and the United Kingdom, to get their own people vaccinated through Kovacs.

Official data show that the UK received 539,370 doses of Pfizer earlier this year, while Canada bought one million doses of AstraZeneca.

The original idea behind Kovacs was that all countries, including the rich, could buy vaccines through the federation. But most G7 countries decided not to do this when they started making their own agreements with pharmaceutical companies.

Oxfam World Health Adviser Rohit Malpani acknowledged that Canada and the UK were technically entitled to get vaccinated this way because of the investment in the Kovacs initiative, but that it was still “morally unbelievable”, both of which received millions on their own. Bilateral agreements.

“They should not have bought these quantities from Kovacs,” he said.

“It simply came to our notice then Double soaking (An English word meaning “obtaining evidence from two sources at once”), and means that the poorest countries already at the end of the queue will have to wait a long time.

The UK government last year named Kovacs one of the “start-ups” with a donation of 8 548 million (R $ 4.2 billion).

The Canadian government was keen to emphasize that Kovacs had stopped using the vaccine.

“Once we knew that the supply we provided through our bilateral agreements would be adequate for the Canadian people, we transferred the dose we purchased from Kovacs back to Kovacs so they could be redistributed to developing countries.” Minister of International Development of the country.

Kovacs originally planned to deliver 2 billion doses of vaccines by the end of this year, but has so far delivered 371 million doses.

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