A Financial Times The report says COVAX, a global collaboration created to ensure poor countries have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, “has largely failed.”
“Rich countries received 16 times more COVID-19 vaccines per person than poorer countries that rely on the COVAX program supported by the World Health Organization,” the newspaper said.
Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries have not yet received their first vaccinations, while residents of the richest countries have access to booster vaccinations after their initial vaccinations.
Inconsistency, The Financial Times warned that “could lead to an increase in the number of cases and the emergence of more dangerous strains, as well as stifle the recovery of the global economy.”
The director general of the World Health Organization said on Friday that 82 countries are at risk of missing the WHO target of vaccinating 40% of each country’s population against COVID by the end of the year. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “For most of these countries, this is just a problem of insufficient and unpredictable supply.”
Earlier this month, the UK reported the highest daily number of COVID-19-related deaths since March 9. A government adviser told the BBC on Saturday that people should not wait for government orders to start initiating measures to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.
Peter Openshaw, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Viruses, told BBC Breakfast: “I think hospitals in many parts of the country are having a hard time coping” under the weight of COVID cases.
“The sooner we all get into action,” said Openshaw, “the sooner we can get the transmission down and the more likely we are to spend Christmas with our family.”
British Prime Minister Boris continues to reject calls for renewed restrictions on COVID-19, saying there is no indication that these steps will be needed in the coming months, despite the UK seeing a sharp surge in COVID-19 infections.
Russia is preparing to close jobs for a week or resume partial isolation due to a sharp increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection and the number of deaths.
The daily deaths from coronavirus in Russia have been on the rise for several weeks due to low vaccination rates, neglect of precautions and government hesitancy to tighten restrictions. The country’s National Task Force on COVID-19 said only about a third of Russia’s 146 million people have been vaccinated, putting a strain on the country’s health care system.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that employees will observe “non-working days” from October 30 to November 7, during which they will continue to receive salaries. According to him, the period, in which four days out of seven are public holidays, may start earlier or be extended in some regions.
The introduction of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Namibia was delayed Saturday by the country’s health ministry after a regulator in neighboring South Africa raised concerns about its safety for people at risk of contracting HIV.
The regulator said it will not approve the emergency use of the vaccine at this time because some research suggests that a delivery system, known as a vector, used to vaccinate people with the Sputnik V vaccine, could make men more susceptible to HIV. …
The vaccine manufacturer, Gamaleya Research Institute, said Namibia’s delay was not based on scientific evidence.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Sunday that there have been 243.3 million COVID cases and nearly 5 million COVID deaths worldwide. The center reported that 6.7 billion vaccines have been administered.