World Desk, Amar Ujala, Washington
Updated Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:43 AM IST
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- ‘Vaccine nationalism’ will hit the poor countries deeply
- Rich countries have already booked vaccines on a large scale
- Canada orders vaccine more than 6 times its population
Canada has the highest number of vaccine orders compared to the population. He has placed orders to buy vaccine companies to buy five to six times more than their population needs. But Canadian government spokespersons say that it is possible that some of the orders Canada has given may not get the green signal to use the vaccine. The Canadian government takes extra precautions keeping this possibility in mind.
The People’s Vaccine Alliance says that the way the wealthiest countries are ordering vaccines, it seems that the poorest 70 countries will be able to vaccinate only 10% of their population in 2021. The People’s Vaccine Alliance includes well-known organizations such as Amnesty International. Gregory Hussey, a professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, told TV channel CNN – the first Kovid-19 vaccine case showed an intention to adopt a worldview. But now Vaccine Rashtrabad has become the highest. Speaking to the same channel, John Nkengasang, head of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said not having the vaccine available to poor countries would have disastrous effects. He said that some countries have excess vaccine and some countries do not have it at all is not moral in any way.
When the Corona epidemic spread, an international initiative called Kovacs emerged. It is headed by the Vaccine Alliance – Gavi. The rich and middle-income countries involved promised to fund the vaccine manufacturing. He also said that they would provide vaccines to all countries in a fair manner. In addition, poor countries in Africa also signed a separate agreement called the Kovacs facility. Through this, the cost of providing the vaccine is being provided by international development institutions and philanthropic organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates. So far 189 countries have signed both these agreements.
Gavi has said that money is not an obstacle in the way of providing vaccines to all. The Gavi Alliance has raised $ 2 billion to purchase the vaccine for the poorest countries. He expects to raise up to five billion dollars by the end of next year. But the real question is the availability of the vaccine. Companies that have already sold vaccines cannot buy Gavi. The European Union, Britain and Canada gave the most money for Kovacs. But as soon as the vaccine was created, he immediately entered into a two-way agreement to purchase the vaccine from private companies. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says that Kovacs has been overlooked by these purchase agreements.
Canadian International Development Minister Kareena Gould has said that her country wants to protect itself, as most of the vaccines are currently under construction and they are only in theoretical scope. So Canada has tied up with several companies, just as the Kovacs facility has done. This has been done with the understanding that it is possible that many of these vaccines may not be made in reality.
Experts have said that the desire of various countries to ensure vaccination of their citizens first can be understood. But this is a sad reality. Experts say that it is not enough to raise money if there is no supply. According to him, the situation in this case so far looks very complicated.