The “People’s Vaccination Alliance”, formed by international non-governmental organizations such as “Amnesty International”, “Global Justice Now” and Oxfam, warned about low-income countries’ access to vaccines.
Wealthy countries have agreed with manufacturers to purchase vaccines for three times their population by the end of 2021, according to the organization, which analyzed data on the agreement made by 8 leading vaccine manufacturers with countries.
Although the population of high-income countries accounts for 14 percent of the world’s population, they have already purchased 53 percent of promising vaccines to be produced.
Canada is the leading country that receives extra vaccines. It is stated that Canada has purchased vaccine enough to vaccinate its population 5 times. The European Union (EU) has already made a 2 billion dose vaccine agreement for EU countries with a population of approximately 450 million.
On the other hand, in about 70 low-income countries, only 1 out of 10 people will be vaccinated next year.
In the Covax program, which was established within the scope of the studies carried out to ensure fair access to the vaccine, 700 million doses of vaccine could only be obtained for 92 countries.
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“No one should be deprived of a life-saving vaccine for their country of birth or for the money in their pocket. Billions of people around the world will not be able to get a safe and effective vaccine for years,” says Anna Marriott, Oxfam Health Policy Manager. said.
Steve Cockburn, director of Amnesty’s economic and social justice division, said, “Rich countries have very clear human rights obligations, such as avoiding actions that prevent access to vaccines all over the world. These countries should also help countries in need of vaccines. taking the majority violates human rights obligations. ” made its evaluation.