The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warns of a “fatal and devastating impact” as rich countries approach COVID-19 vaccinesHe unveiled a $ 110 million plan to support fair distributions.
The humanitarian organization responds to crises and represents a network of nearly 14 million volunteers around the world. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued a statement Thursday, the discovery that nearly 70% of vaccinations so far have been sent to the 50 richest countries in the world, with only 1% of vaccinations going to the 50 poorest countries, according to an analysis by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“This is worrying because it is unfair and because it may prolong or worsen this terrible epidemic,” said Jagan Chapagin, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “Let me be clear: In the race to end this epidemic, we are all rowing in the same boat. We cannot sacrifice those most at risk in some countries so that those most at risk in others can be vaccinated.”
Health experts have said that widespread vaccination on a global scale will prevent emerging mutations and ultimately eliminate the epidemic. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies echoed this, saying: “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warns that if large pockets of the world remain unvaccinated, the COVID-19 virus will continue to spread and mutate. This may lead to the emergence of unresponsive variants. Vaccines, allowing the virus to infect people who may have already been vaccinated. “
The new plan, announced on Thursday, aims to aid vaccination efforts for 500 million people, by providing vaccinations, boosting confidence in vaccines, dispelling misinformation, and including isolated communities in the vaccination process.
“Our plan is to make sure that these vaccines leave the capitals and into the arms of vulnerable, vulnerable and isolated individuals and communities,” Chapagin said.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies also supports a global initiative co-led by the World Health Organization, called COVAX, which works to accelerate the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to middle and low-income countries. The World Health Organization aims to have 2 billion vaccines available from a number of manufacturers by the end of 2021.
Agreements are already in place, or being worked on, to purchase millions of doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, the Serum Institute of India and Sanofi. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin On Wednesday he talked about the plans To supply 10 million Coronavirus vaccines to developing countries through COVAX as well.
Shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.