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No one is safe until everyone is safe – Experts



SPECIAL Envoy of WHO Director-General on COVID-19, David Nabarro has announced that coronavirus pandemic is still very active and ravaging the globe; insisting that “no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

  “We are still deep in the pandemic. We are not remotely close to the end.”

  The WHO official said the effect of COVID-19 on poor people and nations is still very excruciating. “Poor nations struggle with bad health services.”

  He added, “We cannot vaccinate a population out of an active pandemic. It has never been done before. Any government that says we can is taking a huge gamble on lives of people.” 

  Nabarro emphasised that a concerted effort approach is needed and that everyone should be encouraged to do everything to avoid infection. “The purpose of the vaccine is to protect those at greatest risk.” He stated.

  The Chief Science Advisor to the Africa CDC Director who leads the Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) in Africa said; ”No one is safe until everyone is safe. It has to be time for a global response to the pandemic.”1A TRIPS COVID-19 waiver opens up global production Given the challenges of imposing compulsory licenses and the limits of voluntary ones, the TRIPS waiver offers another way for vaccine producers around the world to ramp up global production without the risks of contending with domestic and international IP disputes.

  On his part, a physician and co-chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for COVID -19 and Nigeria’s former Chief Humanitarian Coordinator. Dr Ayoade Alakija, expressed concerns on the mutation of the virus and its challenge to the global community.

  “We don’t understand this virus. There is a race between virus variants and the vaccine. Until we vaccinate the world the virus is bettering us and is in upsurge all over the world.”

  Special Advisor in the Office of the Director-General at WHO, Katherine DeLand, said outbreaks and Health Emergencies leave much lessons for all to learn.

  “We’ve only known this virus for two years. We still have so much to learn.”

  “There are consequences of the ‘vaccinate your way out’ policy. Under this policy populations are getting used to going about life as it used to be. It will be very difficult if measures need to be re-established in future outbreaks. As another variant may emerge that might break through the vaccine this is a real worry. Indeed now there is a modification of the delta variant.”

  David Nabarro said that for nations like Africa the problem was predictability and dependency of supply of vaccine, noting that countries could ramp up the supply of vaccines.

  Health Policy Adviser for Oxfam specialising in universal health care provision in low-income countries, Anna Marriott, said that pharmaceutical companies have all to gain in the foregoing; reaping unprecedented profits.

  “Pharmaceutical companies have been given free license to maximize profits. And of course, now AstraZeneca have changed to a ‘for profit’ model. This needs to change; pharmacological monopolies need to be broken and poorer countries need to be able to make their own supplies. Currently high income countries purchase the majority of the supplies.”

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