Countries with high per capita incomes that have secured themselves with COVID-19 vaccines should pay attention to their fair distribution under the international COVAX mechanism. Obiora Okafor, an independent UN expert on human rights and international solidarity, said this on January 22.
“States, instead of acting separately, stockpiling vaccines, should reorient themselves to [международную] program [доступа к вакцинам] COVAX. Many states have contributed large sums of money to this program, but at the same time they “undermine its effectiveness”, – says in statement Okafora on the UN website.
In particular, he noted that certain states of the global North have reserved for themselves a significant amount of vaccines and are immunizing their residents.
At the same time, according to him, practically none of the countries of the global South, where almost 90% of the world’s population live, has such access to vaccines. Thus, the world may face a split on this basis.
“A coordinated global vaccine distribution program is largely preferable to the individualistic approach practiced by too many rich countries,” the expert added.
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus, said on January 18 that the world is teetering on the brink of a moral catastrophe, and the plan to provide residents of different countries with a vaccine against coronavirus infection on equal terms is now under threat.
In November 2020, the leaders of the G20 countries, after the summit, announced that they were ready to commit themselves to funding the fair distribution of tests for COVID-19, coronavirus vaccines and medicines around the world.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a speech at the G20 summit, noted that the coronavirus vaccine should be available to everyone, and the Russian Federation is ready to provide the drug to all countries in need.