The countries of the South still deprived of vaccine doses

Published on : 31/08/2021 – 23:52

Will the dreaded fourth wave of Covid-19 trigger a new vaccine race? While in Europe and the United States, it is about booster doses and vaccination of children, the rest of the world is still largely deprived of vaccines.

With our correspondent in Geneva, Jeremiah Lanche

One billion doses for developing countries before September 1. This was what the panel of experts commissioned by the WHO requested in its report delivered last May. We are very far from it: barely 100 million doses have been delivered by the Covax vaccine sharing program.

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke, tasked by WHO to assess the response to the pandemic, once again call on rich countries to give back. emergency their vaccines. They ordered more than twice the doses needed to protect their population. Without delivering most of the 600 million doses they promised to the least developed countries.

The United States, for its part, has already shipped 100 million doses and is preparing to give 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Another blockage: it concerns vaccine production capacities in poor countries. Still very limited.

In May, the panel called for an automatic lifting of vaccine patents if no agreement was reached at the WTO within three months. More than three months have passed. And the file has still not moved forward one iota.

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