Political leaders must ensure Covid vaccines aren’t the preserve of the rich | Jeremy Farrar

Political leaders must ensure Covid vaccines aren’t the preserve of the rich  | Jeremy Farrar

The Guardian

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If those who can afford to share treatments and equipment choose not to, this pandemic will drag on for all of us

In the last few days, major powers have responded to the horrific crisis unfolding in India. The US government’s decision to share 10m vaccine doses within weeks, and up to 50m more over the summer, is welcome and urgently needed. New Zealand, Norway and France have also responded to the demand for vaccines to be shared fairly around the world. But frankly, no country is acting on the scale that is necessary.

This pandemic is a long way from over. The scenes in India, where Covid-19 continues to overwhelm health systems and sink the economy, are harrowing. In many countries, hospitals are flooded with patients and face shortages of vital medical supplies.

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