Bill Gates Foundation: It is too late for fair distribution of vaccines against Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

The governments of the Western countries have purchased the majority of doses
14:01, 11 December 2020


It does not seem that the fair distribution of the vaccines in the world will take place in current circumstances because the governments of the western countries have purchased the majority of doses. The Guardian reported this, citing Chief Executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Mark Suzman.

Thus, he answered the question of whether or not it is late to strive for fair distribution. Gates’ Foundation noted that it is necessary to act now.

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Suzman also addressed the subject with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech vaccine, noting that the novel type and difficulties in storage would hinder its global spread. Meanwhile, he expressed hope that the second wave of the vaccine will exist.

Earlier, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allocated an extra $250 million for the development of vaccines, tests and drugs from coronavirus and its equal distribution all over the world.

The total volume of the Foundation’s resources aiming for these goals reached $1.75 billion.

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Amid the epidemiologic crises, these resources cover the needs of poor countries to a minor extent.

The equal distribution of the vaccines will prevent 61 percent lethal cases. If only the richest countries get the vaccine, only 33% of lethal cases will be prevented.

Earlier, People's Vaccine Alliance warned that the world's stocks of promising vaccines are definitely not enough to meet the needs of all nations. That particularly concerns poorer countries, as rich countries seem to be gradually buying out the vaccine supplies.


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