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Poor Countries May Wait For Vaccines Until 2024

Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General (28 January 2021 virtual photo by Erol Avdovic - WebPublicaPress)

Japan Chapagain president of IFRC (Courtesy photo for education only)

IFRC amblem (Official photo)

Vaccine injection (Photo illustration for education only)

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Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General (28 January 2021 virtual photo by Erol Avdovic - WebPublicaPress)

Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General (28 January 2021 virtual photo by Erol Avdovic – WebPublicaPress)

WebPublicaPress – Geneva/New York – If most of the whole world, meaning the rich but also the poor, do not get vaccine against COVID-19, then the effectiveness of vaccines in environments that can afford them, because they can buy them, will not be successful. The whole planet is in danger because of that.


Will rich pay for global immunization


Recently, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres quoted the report by Oxfam, which has found, as Guterres mentioned to the press that “the money accrued by the world’s ten richest billionaires during the crisis would be more than enough to prevent anyone from falling into poverty as a result of the pandemic.”

And UN chief said the money from those richest men in the world could pay for COVID-19 vaccinations “for everyone, everywhere – with change to spare.”

And, according to IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) the “overwhelming majority of anti COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far have been delivered in high-income countries.”

Guterres warned that this must be taken into account, because this gap threatens the whole world, including the rich.

“If we fail to reverse these inequality trends, we are sowing dangerous seeds of discord, disunity and division for the future,” he said.

IFRC reported some 70 per cent of vaccine given so far have occurred in the world’s 50 wealthiest countries. In contrast, only 0.1 per cent of vaccine doses have been administered in the 50 poorest countries. The Red Cross is warning that this inequality is alarming and could potentially backfire to deadly and devastating effect.


Alarming trends


“This is alarming because it is unfair, and because it could prolong or even worsen this terrible

Japan Chapagain president of IFRC (Courtesy photo for education only)

Japan Chapagain president of IFRC (Courtesy photo for education only)

pandemic. Let me be clear: In the race to end this pandemic, we are all rowing the same boat. We cannot sacrifice those at highest risk in some countries so that those at lowest risk can be vaccinated in others,”  Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the IFRC, said, according to written statement sent to WebPublicaPress (WPP).

According to same source the IFRC is warning that, I”f large pockets of the globe remain unvaccinated, the COVID-19 virus will continue to circulate and mutate. This may lead to the emergence of strains that do not respond to vaccines, allowing the virus to infect people that may have already been vaccinated.”

“The equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines between and within countries is more than a moral imperative: It is the only way to solve the most pressing public health emergency of our time. Without equal distribution, even those who are vaccinated will not be safe,” Chapagain warned.


New plan for 500 minion people


Immunization will therefore have to be conducted in all even the most remote parts of the planet. And it’s not just a slogan, but the reality of the spear will have to be followed, no matter the challenges.

And in a bid to support equitable vaccine distribution, the IFRC has announced a new, 100 million Swiss franc plan that aims to support the immunization of 500 million people against COVID-19.

Under the plan, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will support national vaccination efforts in a range of areas and across the planning and implementation phases. This will include efforts to build trust in vaccines and to counteract misinformation about their efficacy – an intervention that is increasingly important as vaccine hesitancy rates climb around the world.

IFRC amblem (Official photo)

IFRC amblem (Official photo)

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers will also seek our communities and individuals that are economically, socially or geographically isolated to ensure their involvement in vaccine efforts. And trained personnel will, in many countries be responsible for the physical delivery of vaccines to at-risk and vulnerable groups.


Global campaign under way


Already, 66 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are or will be involved in vaccine campaigns, with dozens more in discussions with their governments.

Inequality in development, which has been bothering the world for a long time, is now proving to be one of the basic obstacles when it comes to the distribution of vaccines.

“Equality doesn’t just happen that way. The history of the world tells us that. This obviously applies to the distribution of vaccines as well. It needs to be designed and planned from the beginning, ” Red Cross president said.

Much more will have to be done to move from words to deeds.And there is a belief that urgency is now primary.

“Our plan is to ensure that these vaccines come out of capitals and into the arms of vulnerable, at-risk and isolated individuals and communities,” IFRC’s Chapagain said in Geneva.


Poor countries may wait until 2024


According Duke Global Health Innovation Center in Durham, North Carolina (USA) many people

Vaccine injection (Photo illustration for education only)

Vaccine injection (Photo illustration for education only)

in low-income countries might have to wait until 2023 or 2024 for vaccination.

And that is certainly a devastating fact that the United Nations will have to take into account. How it remains to be seen.Certainly not only with nice words and appeals that only resonate in some places. We will follow this.

Edited and commented by E. Avdovic (WPP)



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