‘Inadequate firewall’ UK and US received more vaccines in 6 weeks than Africa in one year

Beverley Turner and Owen Jones clash over covid vaccine

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The Amnesty International-backed organisation, says even though the top vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna are making huge profits, they have refused to share the new generation of vaccine technology with poorer countries. Data shows that the EU, UK, and US received 513 million doses of vaccines between November 1 and December 21 while countries in Africa received just 500 million throughout the whole of 2021.

The new survey comes hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “no country could booster its way out of the pandemic”.

The WHO director-general said on Wednesday: “Blanket booster programmes are likely to prolong the Covid-19 pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate”.

Explaining the statistics, the PVA feared that if the current rates of vaccination continue, by next Christmas manufacturers will still be failing to fully vaccinate everyone in Africa.

At time of writing, just 8.6 percent of people in Africa have been fully vaccinated.

Experts said that looking at the current rate of delivery by vaccine manufacturers, everyone in Africa will be able to receive their first dose by April 23.

The alliance further warned that if low and middle-income countries continue to be prevented from manufacturing vaccines themselves, new variants of the coronavirus will continue to emerge and spread across the global community.

Health Policy Manager at Oxfam and PVA Anna Marriott said that blocking vaccine access in poorer countries is “prolonging the pandemic and all its suffering for every one of us”.

She said: “Rich countries are banking on boosters to keep them safe from Omicron and future variants of Covid-19.

“But boosters can never be more than a temporary and inadequate firewall. Extinguishing the threat of variants and ending this pandemic requires vaccinating the world.

“And that means sharing vaccine recipes and letting developing countries manufacture jabs for themselves.”

The PVA’s push for Moderna and Pfizer to share their vaccine recipes has received support from former and current global leaders, including Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

G7 countries will have 1.4 billion surplus doses by March 2022, even after giving all adults a booster, but are failing to deliver on donation pledges.

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The US has delivered just a quarter of the vaccines it promised to donate while the UK and Germany have delivered 15 percent and 14 percent respectively.

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