The big vaccine rush

As Covid Vaccines Run Short, Where Are Africa’s Vaccine Makers?

By  |  March 5, 2021

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian biologist and public health researcher who has been serving as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 2017, gave the world a shocker recently.

At the 148th WHO Executive Board meeting which took place on January 18th, Dr. Tedros, who is the first African in the role, probably couldn’t help that extra bit of concern when he stated the following:

“More than 39 million doses of the [Covid-19] vaccine have now been administered in at least 49 higher-income countries. Just 25 doses have been given in one lowest-income country. Not 25 million; not 25 thousand; 25.”

So, basically, as of the middle of January this year, 49 of the world’s richer nations had recorded 39 million Covid vaccine shots while the remaining 150 or so other less-buoyant countries could only muster 25.

This not only epitomises the severe inequality in today’s society but also paints an unsettling picture of a world setup to perpetuate a disastrous moral failure.

It’s the sort of failure that comes with a familiar hefty price: endangered lives and livelihoods, mostly in the world’s lowest-income regions - such as the African conti...

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