We can’t vaccinate the world by way of donations alone
The Biden Administration has introduced a plan at present to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate globally. The US will donate 200 million doses this yr and 300 million throughout the first half of 2022. The doses—sufficient to vaccinate 250 million individuals worldwide—will probably be distributed by way of COVAX, the worldwide initiative that goals to ship COVID-19 vaccines primarily based on public well being wants.
Dr. Carrie Teicher, director of packages for MSF USA, issued the next assertion:
“That is nice information for individuals all over the world who so desperately want these vaccines–particularly frontline employees who’ve been responding to COVID-19 for over a yr and first confronted shortages of PPE and now can’t entry vaccines. As new waves of the illness and variants of the coronavirus take maintain, this international vaccine timeline by the US authorities will not be pressing sufficient. A whole bunch of tens of millions of individuals don’t have a yr to attend for these vaccines. It’s unfathomable that tens of millions extra persons are going to die ready for vaccines simply due to the place they dwell. The US and different world leaders have the means to assist finish this pandemic now, not years from now.
Sharing vaccine doses is essentially the most expeditious technique to save lives proper now, however we can’t vaccinate the world by way of donations alone, nor will donations tackle the underlying systemic flaws that landed us on this dire state of affairs of vaccine inequity. So as to attain the end line, the US wants to assist dramatically scale up mRNA vaccine manufacturing globally, and assist efforts to eliminate intellectual property barriers on all COVID-19 merchandise. The US authorities should make sure that pharmaceutical firms share the expertise and know-how for mRNA vaccines that have been largely developed with public funding, in order that many extra producers globally can produce these lifesaving vaccines.
We want an pressing, bold plan of global action now.
In the present day’s commitments for 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility characterize an vital however lengthy overdue step on the trail towards international vaccine fairness. COVAX and the international locations it helps have been final in line in terms of securing vaccine doses, a state of affairs that’s going to extend this pandemic for all of us.
If at present’s commitments are to characterize a step in direction of fairness, then vaccine hoarding must also end: we name on the US, and all governments which have vaccinated greater than 20 p.c of their populations, to right away allocate their remaining doses to COVAX, with a view to forestall extra sickness and dying. Nations getting hit with successive waves of this lethal pandemic can’t afford to attend to obtain these vaccines. Day-after-day that passes is one other missed alternative to guard tens of millions of lives.
Donations from the US and different rich international locations are wanted now, however that is solely a short-term repair. The US has the chance to reclaim its place as a world chief in public well being and work with international locations to make sure they’ve the technical capability to supply the vaccines their populations want sooner or later.”
— to reliefweb.int