“The ‘no-vax’ donate their vaccines to people in poor countries, to whom the vaccine will never get“. This is the proposal launched by the immunologist Mauro Minelli, coordinator for Southern Italy of the Foundation for Personalized Medicine. “There is a problem that haunts us and questions us more every day when we realize that, while in Italy (and not only) it manifests itself publicly to feel free from the ‘dictatorship’ of the vaccine, in theontinent African (just to name one) – Minelli remarks to Adnkronos Salute – to which only 1.7% of the vaccines globally available have been destined, to date only 1.5% of the population has been subjected to anti-Covid vaccination . So the problem is articulated around a simple question: how great is the risk of not vaccinating the populations of the poorest countries in time, compared to the possibility of allowing the virus to continue to circulate and to mutate dangerously? ”
Minelli articulates its proposal. “Even before the massive explosion of the Delta phenomenon, the danger transpired in all its dramatic potential considering that, at that moment, the satisfaction of seeing the numbers of the pandemic in Italy decrease, if then the viral circulation – he observes – around the world it remained (and remains) stable at high levels. This means that, for the virus, it will always be possible to devise something new and dangerous for human health “.
“And the subdued appeal not to be ensnared by the news of the decline in infections in Western states if in many countries there are still impressive numbers, then as now it was perfectly integrated into the Covax program, dated April 2020, aimed at ‘guaranteeing equal access to vaccines’ and promoted by WHO together with Cepi (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) and Gavi Alliance, the worldwide cooperation body between public and private entities created precisely to guarantee immunization for all “.
“Compared to the original noble intentions and considering that the rich countries had already taken care of the largest part of the vaccination equipment available, Covax at the moment managed to supply the South of the world with just under 4% of the potentially available doses – recalls Minelli – with this evidently decreeing a substantial failure of its projects. As if to say that the Sars Cov-2, in addition to all its misdeeds, has also managed to point out the disparities, making us understand that the world is not all the same and that paradoxically, for a a sort of compensatory karma, inequality can have repercussions precisely on the most gifted countries “.
According to the immunologist “the West is wrong to think that it is enough to vaccinate its citizens to get out of the crisis, even more so when the variants are pressing and, mutually contaminating each other (as in the case of Delta +), especially in areas of the world not vaccine-protected, undermine a security that was mistakenly considered to have already been acquired “.
“We cannot neglect these aspects which, even more so when the already lively protest of vaccination antagonists comes to life in the streets, should make us reflect on the fact that elsewhere, where anti-Covid vaccines do not arrive, there are hospitals in which it is not possible to cure even the most common diseases – he warns – And the contradiction leaps so much to the eyes that one might wonder: in the face of the invoked ‘freedom’ not to get vaccinated, why not be authorized by the “no-vaxes to use the vaccine that they refuse, to sell it to people who, even if they aspire so much to do so, probably that vaccine, perhaps, will never receive it “.