Rich countries will have 1.2 billion doses of vaccination shots not scheduled for contributions by the end of 2021.
According to a new analysis, wealthy countries could have a surplus of more than one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses accessible by the end of the year that are not designated as donations to poorer countries.
According to recent information from data analytics firm Airfinity, vaccine supply in Western countries has reached 500 million doses this month, with 360 million doses not slated for donations. These countries will have a possible surplus of 1.2 billion vaccination shots by the end of the year, with the vast majority – 1.06 billion – not designated for donation, according to the report.
On September 7, the full study, which focuses on vaccine supplies in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, and Japan, will be released.
Many major health leaders and politicians have spoken out against vaccine inequity. COVAX, the UN-backed global vaccine-sharing scheme, had set a goal of providing two billion vaccine doses to individuals in 190 countries this year, including 92 low-income nations, with the goal of guaranteeing that at least 20% of the population is vaccinated.
Deals struck by wealthier countries with vaccine makers, on the other hand, have limited the vaccines available to COVAX and resulted in vaccine stockpiling.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization, told a meeting of G20 health ministers on Sunday that global vaccination disparity was “unacceptable.”
He claimed that while more than 5 billion vaccines had been given out worldwide, about 75% of those doses had been given out in only ten countries. He said that only 2% of Africans were vaccinated.
John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), agreed with Ghebreyesus, calling the vaccine deployment a “complete disappointment” throughout the continent.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused wealthy nations of committing a “moral outrage” by stockpiling COVID-19 dosages as impoverished countries struggled to obtain supplies on Sunday.
Brown, a UN special envoy, urged US President Joe Biden and other Group of Seven leaders to send vaccines from American and European warehouses to Africa as soon as possible.
“We are in a new ‘arms’ race – to get vaccines into people as quickly as possible – but this is an arms race where the West have a stranglehold on the vaccine supplies,” Brown said.
According to Brown, the hoarding has also caused a delay in G7 countries sharing doses with Africa and low-income countries.
Ghebreyesus urged the G20 to swap COVAX’s near-term delivery deadlines, completing dose-sharing agreements by the end of the month, and encouraging the sharing of technology, know-how, and intellectual property to assist regional vaccine manufacture.
Source: AL JAZEERA