Covid-19: poor and emerging countries, the forgotten in the vaccine race

A fifth of the world’s population may have to wait until at least 2022 before being vaccinated.

Last December, the head of the WHO urged rich countries not to “trampleThe poorest in the race for the vaccine against Covid-19. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to denounce “vaccine nationalism” who “increase the prices“, While asking”urges manufacturers to prioritize deployment»Vaccines through Covax.

This unprecedented mechanism, set up by the WHO and the Alliance for Vaccines (Gavi), initially had the ambition to centralize the purchase of doses worldwide. A somewhat utopian objective when we know the extent of the health crisis, the limits of production capacities, the pressure of public opinion and the colossal financial stakes, recognizes Nathalie Ernoult, advocacy manager at Médecins sans frontières for the access campaign. essential drugs. “The scenario was written in advance: the rich countries – led by the United States – were able to buy a large number of doses before knowing if the vaccines were

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