Wed. May 19th, 2021
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An international organizations warned on Wednesday that rich countries are hoarding vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which can leave 67 poor countries fighting the pandemic longer as the affluent nations recover.

The People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of health and humanitarian organizations, said the world’s richest nations have “hoarded” vaccines and warn that unless the pharmaceutical industry and governments take action, only 10 percent of people living in 67 poor nations will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of 2021.

The data collected by science information and analytics company Airfinity shows that rich nations representing just 14 percent of the world’s population have secured 53 percent of all the most promising vaccines, leaving 67 low- to lower middle-income countries to struggle with infections.

The coalition, which includes Amnesty International, Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now, and Oxfam, said an analysis of data shows that while dozens of nations wait for vials of vaccines, the world’s richest countries have already secured enough doses to inoculate their populations nearly three times over.

“The hoarding of vaccines actively undermines global efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere can be protected from Covid-19,” Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International head of Economic and Social Justice, said in a statement.

“Rich countries have clear human rights obligations not only to refrain from actions that could harm access to vaccines elsewhere, but also to cooperate and provide assistance to countries that need it,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH

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