WASHINGTON, DC, 19 February 2021 – Canada tops the list of rich countries that are hoarding COVID-19 vaccines, followed closely by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Canada has secured 8.9 doses per hear, or enough to vaccinate everyone in Canada five times over.
The U.S. had already secured 7.3 doses per head – enough to vaccinate every American nearly four times – even before President Joe Biden placed additional orders.
The United Kingdom has secured 5.7 doses per head, enough to vaccinate everyone in the UK three times.
“High-income countries [kike France, the United States, and Canada] represent only 16 percent of the world’s population but currently hold 60 percent of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been purchased,” said Andrea Taylor, a Duke University researcher.
Taylor and fellow researchers at Duke University have found that high-income countries – along with a few middle-income countries – had, as of last November, already pre-purchased the rights to 3.8 billion vaccine doses with options to another five billion doses.
Rich countries continue to hold priority manufacturing slots for 2021, meaning that even if poor countries were to make purchases now, they would still have to wait for months or even a year to receive their delivery.
Public health experts and researchers regret that wealthy countries have joined COVAX but are also working against its main objective by hoarding vaccines and driving prices through the roof.
Rich countries “want to have it both ways – joining COVAX, so that they could proclaim to be good global citizens, while at the same time robbing COVAX of its lifeblood, which is vaccine doses”.
“Unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 for years to come,” warned Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s health policy manager.
Vox newspaper lamented last November that only 55 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in only one low-income country (Guinea), compared to more than 80 million doses that had been distributed around the world at the time.
As of Friday, 19 February 2021, at least 110 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide, with more than 2.4 million fatalities linked to health complications brought about by the virus.