Vaccine apartheid: Research suggests UK will stock up to 210 million vaccines, World News
As ministers are accused of letting poorer countries ‘fight for leftovers’, research suggests the UK will stock up to 210 million spare coronavirus vaccines by the end of the year. year.
Airfinity, a life sciences analytics company, found that 467 million vaccines are currently on order and 306 million are expected to be delivered to the UK by the end of 2021.
Surprisingly, to meet the expected demand, only around 95 million vaccinations will be needed. This includes the vaccines needed both to immunize anyone over the age of 16 and to give a booster to vulnerable people in the fall.
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Considering that the average adult vaccination rate is currently just over 80 percent, if the same enrollment level is maintained for those eligible, this will translate into a surplus of 210 million vaccines. The figure would still be 186 million, even if take-up increased to 100 percent.
As the UK opposes a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to the COVID-19 vaccine, the government faces increasing pressure to do more to help countries where only a small number of people have received a vaccine .
According to the global advocacy group Global Justice Now, which compiled the statistics, the remaining vaccines could provide vaccines to around 211 million people living in the ten least vaccinated countries in the world.
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Speaking to the Guardian Nick Dearden, director of the organization, said the expansion of immunization coverage and the UK’s readiness to immunize adolescents was an insult to low and middle income countries that were left behind. “to fight for leftovers”.
The UK’s actions to “obstruct” a temporary waiver of patent rights to coronavirus vaccines made the problem even more problematic, he said.
In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted an offer to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which was subsequently supported by the United States, France and Italy.
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The minutes of the WTO meeting discussing the proposal concluded that there was still disagreement on the appropriate and most effective way to address vaccine shortages and inequitable access, and a decision will be made. now postponed until October 2021.
In a statement, a government spokesperson said the UK is committed to supporting global progress in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and improving access to vaccines.
The spokesperson added that the UK’s pledge to donate 100 million doses of the vaccine by June 2022 is underway, with the first deliveries starting last week.