Share vaccines with developing world or face ‘countless’ Covid deaths, charities warn

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A report has warned that “countless” people in developing countries will die unnecessarily from Covid-19, as the rich world has failed to deliver on vaccine promises and decided to block a UK initiative, One report warned.

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The People’s Vaccine Alliance report from charities including Oxfam, ActionAid and Global Justice Now found that of the 1.8 billion vaccine donations promised by wealthy countries, just 261m – 14 per cent – have so far been given to low- and middle-income countries. .

Meanwhile, while Western pharmaceutical companies provide only 12 percent of the promised doses for the international Covax program to vaccinate developing countries.

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This came as a separate report by the independent Commission for Aid Impact found that UK aid to developing countries affected by Covid was cut short of Boris Johnson’s decision to reduce overall aid spending from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent of GDP. is underestimated.

Sarah Champion, chair of the Commons International Development Committee, said the “disastrous” impact of aid cuts was laid bare by the independent watchdog’s report, which also decimated the Foreign Office’s decision to withdraw health workers from developing countries during the pandemic. Had done it. As his experience and knowledge were needed the most.

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The leaders of the world’s biggest industrial powers pledged to provide 1bn Covid vaccines to developing countries at a G7 summit chaired by Mr Johnson in Cornwall in June. US President Joe Biden later endorsed the United Nations General Assembly’s goal to vaccinate 70 percent of people in every country in the world by September 2022.

But today’s PVA report found that the UK delivered only 9.6m – less than 10 per cent – ​​of the 100m doses it promised, while taking half a million doses for itself from Covax. Other countries have also delivered only a small portion of the promised jobs, the report said, including 3.2m out of 40m – 8 per cent – from Canada and 1.1m out of 177bn – 16 per cent from the United States .

Meanwhile, the latest figures show that of the 994m doses promised by major pharmaceutical companies, only 120m – 12 percent – have been assigned to Covax. The report said Covax received 104m – 14 percent of the 720m doses promised by Oxford/AstraZeneca, 16m – 40 percent of the 40m promised by Pfizer/BioNtech, zero doses of 200m promised by Johnson & Johnson and got zero. 30m dosage as promised by Moderna.

And the UK has joined the European Union and Switzerland in blocking South Africa and India’s proposals for intellectual property exemptions on Covid vaccines, which allow low-income companies to produce millions of doses for recipes developed in the wealthy. to set up its own facilities. World.

As a result of an “endless tide of inadequate gestures and broken promises” from wealthy countries and companies, just 1.3 percent of people in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated, leaving the developing world with relentless waves of hospitalizations and deaths. for exposing. The global south is a breeding ground for dangerous new forms, the report said.

Winnie Byanyama, UNAIDS Executive Director, a member of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, said: “Rich nations and corporations are shamefully failing to deliver on their promises while blocking the real solution – ensuring that developing countries have their own Has the ability to make vaccines.

“It is abundantly clear that the developing world cannot rely on the generosity and donations of wealthy countries and pharmaceutical companies, and hundreds of thousands of people are dying from Covid-19 as a result. It’s beyond frightening.”

The alliance said low-income countries were suffering the consequences of the decision to put supply controls in the hands of some multinationals, which were prioritizing customers from the wealthy world.

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