Published: 2021-02-19 11:25
Last Updated: 2021-02-28 09:07
According to a report published by the non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease 'ONE Campaign', richer countries are on course to have over one billion excess doses of COVID-19 vaccines than needed, leaving poorer countries desperate for the leftover vaccine supplies as the world seeks to eradicate the pandemic.
ONE Campaign noted that countries such as the US and Britain should share these extra doses to "supercharge" a united global response to the coronavirus, noting that failing to do so will deny billions of vulnerable individuals from the neccessary protection, therefore prolonging the duration of the pandemic.
In the report, which closely focused on pharma companies Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson & Jonhson, and Novavax, found that to date, the US, the EU, Britain, Australia, Canada, and Japan have already made agreements for over three billion doses, which is over a billion more than what is needed for their entire population to receive the two jabs.
The Campaign's Senior Director Jenny Ottenhoff stressed that this uneccessary excess is the epitomy of "vaccine nationalism," noting that "Rich countries understandably hedged their bets on vaccines early in the pandemic but with these bets paying off in spades, a massive course correction is needed if we are going to protect billions of people around the world."
Notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday pleaded with nations to share vaccines by donating them to the COVAX alliance to ensure vaccine equality.