A new analysis says an “unconscionable” 100 million stockpiled COVID vaccines will run out in rich countries by Christmas, while poor countries are short of supplies.
Amid the data agglomeration, ventilators and oxygen shortages, the research also suggests 1 million more deaths from the pandemic by next summer. airfinity met.
The study is backed by Gordon Brown, who sent it to Joe Biden before the US president leading the UN Jobs summit on Wednesday – asking him to pass “use by” dates to avoid “a vaccine waste disaster”. To inspire.
Meanwhile, the former prime minister has been appointed an ambassador by the World Health Organization (WHO) to advance better global action on public health.
Mr Brown said: “It is unthinkable and unthinkable that 100 million vaccines would have to be thrown away from the stockpile of rich countries, while the populations of the world’s poorest countries would pay for vaccine waste in the lives we lost.
“It will be a profound and collective political tragedy if this summit misses an opportunity to act with the dose immediately transferred to poor countries.”
The warning comes after the UK joined other Western nations in pushing jabs for its population, with an autumn booster campaign set for more than 50.
Boris Johnson has promised to share 100 million doses from the UK’s vast vaccine mountain with developing countries – but only 9 million have been shipped so far.
Airfinity said its research predicts no shortage of total jabs — there are 7 billion vaccines available worldwide by the end of this month, which will increase to 12 billion by December.
Mr Brown set a target to vaccinate 40 percent of citizens in the poorest countries by December, which would require 2.3 billion doses to be transferred.
He also called for a swap of delivery contracts so that Covax, the agency for bulk procurement of vaccines, and the African agency AVAT can get them much earlier.
Mr Brown said: “Wednesday’s summit will have to decide whether countries will swap delivery contracts, how regulatory barriers to vaccine exports can be overcome and if stockpiled vaccines can be used to end the world.” If it is to be done earlier, then who will reduce the cost.”
And he added: “Global political leaders must be matched by the extraordinary commitment and collaboration of scientists and manufacturers who have created an opportunity for the entire world to find vaccines.”
WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pointed to Mr Brown’s “tireless” work to equitably share COVID vaccines, appointing him the ambassador for global health funding.
Dr Tedros said, “In this role, he will lead and support WHO’s work to raise international awareness of continued global health funding, particularly from G20 and G7 countries.”
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