American epidemiologist Seth Berkley breaks awful news to the poorest countries in the world by telling that millions of promised COVID-19 vaccine doses won’t be reaching them.
The countries were depending on getting vaccinated from a multibillion-dollar program to immunize the world – Covax, directed by Dr. Berkley and advocated by the World Health Organization. However, shipments from Covax’s main distributor in India, in which Covid-19 cases were gushing, unexpectedly weren’t getting through.
Millions of health workers who have gotten one dose were suddenly not scheduled for a second anymore. The prospects for rapidly inoculating further front-line workers and vulnerable individuals were vanishing quickly.
Aimed as a model for showing ways to vaccinate humanity, beginning with the ones who require it the most, is the Covax programme which was created as a sort of Operation Warp Speed for the world. According to their plan, the developing world’s complete healthcare workforce was scheduled to be immunized by now.
In place of that, the idealistic take to vaccinate almost a billion people crashed with reality, thwarted by a basic instinct for countries to place their own populations first, as well as a reduction of manufacturing capacity around the globe.
Months were spent by Dr. Berkley and a small team of world health experts attempting to recruit the world into purchasing their vaccines from one common place, rich and poor nations alike. During the time they were working out the details and raising funds, countries that were able to afford it, hurried to secure their own shots first.
“I do understand the political reality,” stated Dr. Berkley. “People eventually just gave us money and said, good luck competing against us.”
Majority of the globe’s poorest countries were heavily counting on a single vaccine, made by a single manufacturer in a single country. That provider – the Serum Institue of India – ended up immersed by the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak in a brutal twist.