The global inequality in the access to the vaccines against Covid-19 might cause the appearance of more dangerous mutations of the coronavirus, as Bloomberg reported citing health research foundation Wellcome.
“We cannot leave parts of the world without access to vaccines because it’s just going to come back to us. That puts everyone around the world at risk”, head of vaccines at Wellcome Charlie Weller said.
The inequality in immunization poses a threat for wealthy and poor states. It creates conditions not only for the spread of the coronavirus but also for its mutation.
According to Weller, despite the absence of evidence that the current set of the vaccine is ineffective against new variants of coronavirus; the future mutations might be less affected by current anti-Covid-19 drugs.
“The longer the virus is allowed to continue in different parts of the world where we don’t have a vaccine, the greater the danger of new variants that could be more aggressive, more virulent or transmissible,” health policy adviser at the anti-poverty group Oxfam Anna Marriott said.
According to London Airfinity Ltd., the countries with a high level of income are provided with 85% of Pfizer vaccines and all doses of Moderna vaccines.
The new strains of the virus that appeared in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil spread faster than the earlier versions.
The drug producers say that in case of necessity they might change the vaccines in a few weeks to counteract new strains. The possibility of the necessity of such an adaption has increased as president of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s vaccines business Rajeev Venkayya stated.
According to the expert, it is necessary to control the transmission of Covid-19 not only to protect the most vulnerable groups of the population but also to decrease the evolution risk tied with this virus.
Earlier, WHO Head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, quarantine restrictions, economic damage, and human suffering may be prolonged due to global inequalities in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
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