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Coronavirus Pandemic: Boao Forum report warns global coordination is needed to end vaccine inequality

2021-07-30

Souce: CGTN    Publishe: 2021-07-30



The world will have enough coronavirus vaccines before the end of the year, but global inequalities mean developed nations are likely to benefit as poor countries suffer. That's according to a new report published by the Boao Forum for Asia in Beijing on Thursday. The authors are calling for a global coordination drive to guarantee the vaccines are fairly distributed. Wu Guoxiu reports.


There's a serious "vaccination gap" between developed and developing countries, warn the authors of a new report by the Boao Forum for Asia.


By July 20, the report says 26.5 percent of the global population have received at least one dose. Western countries generally lead other countries in the rate of vaccinations.


But in a stark reminder of global inequalities, less than one percent of the population in low-income countries have received at least one dose.


LI BAODONG Secretary General of Boao Forum for Asia "The WHO said the world needs 11 billion doses of vaccines to achieve the goal of having 70 percent of the global population inoculated. Globally, the total production capacity of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to reach this number by the end of 2021. But the question is whether or not the vaccines can be fairly distributed across the world."


The report says the U.S. has stockpiled a huge amount of vaccines at home. But there is a tremendous gap between the amount they've offered to the rest of the world, and the quantities they're capable of providing.


The European Union has mainly exported vaccines to middle- and high-income countries. On the other hand, the report says Chinese vaccine exports have exceeded the total of all other countries, and have mainly been sent to developing countries.


One expert who contributed to the report says vaccines are essential to helping prevent further waves of the virus.


SHAO YIMING Researcher at Chinese CDC "Last year, the wave of outbreaks were mainly in developed countries in Europe and America while the current outbreaks are mainly in developing countries in South America and Asia. But let's hope there's not a third wave in Africa. Because their vaccination rates are only several percentage points, which means there's a long way to go before the vaccines can play a function."


WU GUOXIU Beijing "Although some virus mutations have lowered the efficacy of vaccines, this report suggests that vaccines are still highly effective in resisting the virus. It proposes that the international community should establish an effective coordination mechanism to solve issues of vaccine availability in underdeveloped countries. WGX, CGTN, Beijing."



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