Sumary of Oxford vaccine professor: rich countries have a moral duty to share their COVID-19 shots:
- Usually, World Immunisation Week is a chance for those of us who research vaccines to reinforce the message about their importance in saving lives..
- From whooping cough to polio, measles to meningitis, vaccines have quietly been saving millions of lives, every year, for decades..
- In this last year, we’ve heard a lot about public health science, from how diseases take root and are spread, to how new drug therapies – including vaccines – are developed, trialled and monitored for safety and impact after their rollout..
- More vaccines must go where they’re needed This week, I’ve watched on in horror at over 2 million new cases of coronavirus in India, with more than 20,000 documented COVID-19 deaths – a figure likely to underestimate the true toll..
- As we reach a point where many high-income countries have vaccinated the most vulnerable in their populations, we have a moral duty to ensure that vaccines are shared, so that the most vulnerable in all societies get vaccinated now..
- Wider distribution benefits everyone For the few governments around the world who have the power to share vaccines – such as the US and the UK, who are well on the way to high coverage and have hundreds of millions of further doses ordered – the moral argument for making international donations can be difficult…