Sumary of Covid now a pandemic of poor nations, WHO envoy tells UK MPs:
- “If there is a hoovering up of vaccines for the boosters, that is just going to have a global consequences that are really quite extreme, and everybody needs to know that,” he said.
- In stark contrast, in Africa just 6% of people had been fully vaccinated by the end of October, the WHO said.
- According to figures from Our World in Data, some African countries have even lower levels – in Nigeria the figure is only 2.8%.
- Speaking at a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus (APPG) on Tuesday, Anna Marriott, health policy adviser for Oxfam and policy adviser to the People’s Vaccine Alliance said the situation was dire.
- “If we look at low-income countries as a whole, shockingly, less than 1% of the total vaccine supply has been delivered to those poorest countries, many of which are in Africa,” she said.
- Dr David Nabarro: ‘If there is a hoovering up of vaccines for the boosters, that is just going to have a global consequences.
- ’ Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters“Pharmaceutical corporations have de-prioritised developing countries, including the continent of Africa,” she said, adding that included de-prioritisation of vaccine-sharing schemes such as Covax and efforts on the part of the African Union to purchase vaccine.
- “Rich countries have pushed themselves to the front of the vaccine queue by willingly paying higher than necessary prices,” she said.