As we already said, there are global efforts going on at the moment, and experts are struggling to find a vaccine that can help humanity win the battle against the novel coronavirus.
It’s been just revealed that Microsoft founder, Bill Gates is warning people that Covid-19 medications, treatments, and future vaccines should be distributed to the people who need them most and not to the highest bidder.
“If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust deadlier pandemic,” Gates recently said.
Threatening global efforts
USA Today brings into the spotlight a concerning issue – a wealthy country signs a more than $100 million contract for a vaccine with a manufacturer in a small nation but when the vaccine becomes available, “the small nation’s government balks, demanding enough for its entire population first before any can be exported.”
This is exactly what reportedly happened back in 2009, when Australia demanded biotech manufacturer CSL fulfill domestic needs for the H1N1 vaccine before any could be sent to the United States, as reported by the online publication.
They continue and note that this is the scenario that the public health experts are fearing as the world is entering into a chaotic and fast race to create and produce coronavirus vaccines.
USA Today continued and said that we probably won’t have a widespread collaboration, coordination and sharing, but instead, we’ll be seeing a” “me first” vaccine nationalism pits nation against nation to get and keep enough doses for their citizens.”
Countries are currently focused on their very own vaccine development programs rather than collaborating in order to pool resources. We recommend that you read the whole article in order to learn more details about this worrisome situation,