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The Richest Countries in the world have bought enough covid vaccines to vaccinate their people three times - while the poorest countries fall behind

 

67 countries will be able to vaccinate one in ten people

All Moderna volumes and 96 percent of Pfizer / BioNTech are purchased

The richest countries in the world have bought enough Covid-19 vaccines to triple their value, while the poorest nations have lagged behind.

According to the People's Vaccine Alliance, 67 countries will be able to vaccinate one in ten people.

Meanwhile, rich countries order the rest as data shows 14 percent of the world buys 53 percent of the vaccine.

Statistics show that all Moderna doses and 96 percent of Pfizer / BioNTech were obtained by rich nations.

It comes as the UK became the first nation to start vaccination and has already ordered 40million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine.

The United States released 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in July, while Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and France agreed to 300 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The International Organization for the Protection of Drug Abuse says Canada has enough vaccines for every five Canadians.

While Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ukraine reported nearly 1.5 million cases among them.

Anna Marriott, Oxfam's Health Policy Manager, said: 'No one should be denied access to a life-saving vaccine because of the country they live in or the amount of money in their pocket.

'But unless something drastically changes, billions of people around the world will not be able to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in the years to come.'

Oxford / AstraZeneca aims to provide 64 percent of its capacity to people in developing countries but the federation says it can 'only reach 18 percent of the world's population next year so far'.

The Russian vaccine, Sputnik, has announced positive results for testing along with four other people in phase 3 clinical trials.

 Steve Cockburn, Head of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at Amnesty International, said: 'The drafting of this policy undermines global efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, is protected from COVID-19.

'Rich countries have clear human rights obligations not only to prevent acts that could harm access to vaccines elsewhere but also to co-operate and provide assistance to countries in need.

'By purchasing most of the world's vaccines, rich countries are violating their human rights obligations.

'Instead, by working with others to share information and increase provision, they can help eliminate the global problem of COVID-19.'

The People's Vaccine Alliance is a network of organizations including Amnesty International, Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now, and Oxfam.

The group also urged pharmaceutical companies to share their expertise and assets with the World Health Organization so that millions of doses can be produced and distributed to everyone who needs them.

It also called on governments to ensure that vaccines are free, that they are properly distributed, and that they are based on demand.

 Heidi Chow, of Global Justice Now, said: 'All pharmaceutical companies and research institutes that work with vaccines must share science, technical knowledge, and intellectual property after their injection to produce adequate and safe and effective doses.

'Governments must also ensure that the pharmaceutical industry puts people's lives before profit.'



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