“Vaccine nationalism” is constantly playing out Can developing countries get vaccines “fairly and reasonably”?
World Weekly丨 “Vaccine Nationalism” continues to be staged Can developing countries get a “fair and reasonable” vaccine?
Can developing countries obtain vaccines “fairly and reasonably” according to the production capacity schedule? The global fight against the epidemic is entering a race against time and “fair and reasonable distribution.”
On February 17, at the ministerial public meeting on the new crown vaccine held by the UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General Guterres proposed the “Global Vaccination Plan” initiative. At the same time, “vaccine nationalism” is constantly being mentioned.
1 person in rich countries, 10 doses, 10 people in poor countries, 1 dose
“Vaccine nationalism” continues to take place
“Developed countries have already over-ordered vaccines.” This It is a phenomenon proposed in the ONE Campaign report of the international non-profit organization on February 19, 2021.
In the UK, the order dose of vaccine has reached 510 million doses, about 4 times its total population.
In the European Union, the order of vaccine doses reached 1.6 billion doses, three times the total population.
Canada has a total order of 410 million doses, which is 10 times the total population.
But at the same time, there are still more than 130 countries in the world who have not obtained the new crown vaccine at all.
South African Ministry of Health Officer Popo Maya Said that the price of the “Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine” purchased by South Africa through the “India Serum Institute” was almost twice the price paid by other wealthy countries. This makes South Africa, a relatively wealthy African country, into the embarrassment of “cannot afford vaccines.”
On the one hand, developed countries are hoarding vaccines that far exceed what they need. On the other hand, relatively poor countries cannot obtain vaccines in time for various reasons, making the variant viruses raging, and in turn making them developed The country’s epidemic is complicated.
The relative surplus of this vaccine cannot help but let it go People think of the classic argument of Amartya Sen, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998: The cause of famine is not insufficient food, but the rapid deterioration of people’s “exchange rights”.
The European Union and the United Kingdom “choked each other’s throats” and “vaccine nationalism” in the fight for vaccines are also staged in developed countries
In late January, vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca announced that due to the production capacity of its European factories, it will significantly reduce its supply of vaccines to the EU in the first quarter About 60%.
△European Health Commissioner Kyria Kidd
In this regard, EU Health Commissioner Kyria Kiddz strongly protested that the EU and AstraZeneca reached an agreement only two weeks later than the United Kingdom, and the EU also prepaid 3.36 for vaccine production. A deposit of 100 million euros will purchase 300 million doses of vaccine. Kyria Kiddz said that it is unacceptable for AstraZeneca to give priority to the United Kingdom over the EU’s decision.
On January 29, the European Union started Strong. The European Union announced that, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the “Brexit” agreement, it restricts the export of millions of doses of the new crown vaccine from the European Union to Northern Ireland. The EU’s move instantly angered the British government. Brexit officials referred to the EU’s move as a “mafia-like act”; the “Daily Mail” directly referred to it as “the vaccine war initiated by the EU.”
△Goff, Secretary of the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom
The Secretary of the British Cabinet Office, Gove, said that the EU’s move has completely lost the trust of the United Kingdom. At the same time, analysts believe that the EU’s “bandit-like” approach is Macron’s sanctions against Brexit.
As for the coverage rate of the new crown vaccine, the EU is currently less than 1/3 of that of the UK.
British “Sun” broke the news, 29th In the evening, Johnson had a “one and a half hour telephone argument” with von der Lein. According to a senior British official, Johnson’s words on the phone were “quite pungent.”
British Prime Minister Johnson: Regardless of (EU) What kind of methods are available, I can confidently say that our (vaccine) supply is safe.
Finally, on January 30, the European Union announced the release of the vaccine.
European Commission President Von der Lein: The EU is Where the money is paid, a large sum of money is invested in R&D and production. European magnates selflessly invested tens of billions of euros to help the world develop the first new crown vaccine. Now that vaccine manufacturers must deliver, they must take their responsibilities.
CNN believes that, The European Union and the United Kingdom are blushing in the fight for the vaccine, and their demeanor is lost. The commentary said: The ugly “vaccine nationalism” is now truly staged in Europe, which is considered to be the most civilized in the world.
Anti-epidemic encounters the law of the jungle The process of the new crown virus pandemic is difficult to end
“Vaccine nationalism” seems to bring the global fight against the epidemic back to the era of the law of the jungle. The new WTO Director-General Iveala warned that “vaccine nationalism” will slow the process of ending the new coronavirus pandemic.
WTO Director-General Iveara: ” “Vaccine nationalism” is by no means an antidote. The virus has mutated. If all countries cannot be immunized, the subsequent blow will be unimaginable. We clearly have the technology in our hands, but let people in some (poor) countries in the world wait for a long time and die from the epidemic. It is immoral to do so.
Russian Academy of Sciences security expert Blokhin pointed out that the essence of “vaccine nationalism” is “western centralism.”
Blohin said that the United States One thing is to snap up information about the most successfully developed vaccine in the world, so that the entire research team can then be bought. Then it denies the contributions of other countries, claiming that all the best are American.
Reject “vaccine nationalism” China actively implements the global vaccination plan
As of February 17, China has provided vaccine assistance to 53 developing countries that have requested it.
On February 7, when 1 million doses When the Chinese vaccine arrived in Cambodia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen went to the airport to greet him.
On the morning of the 14th, dispatched by the government of Zimbabwe A special plane flew to China from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, to receive China’s aid to Zimbabwe’s new crown vaccine.