The leaders from around the world participated virtually in the World Government Summit Dialogues and outlined solutions to humanity’s most urgent challenge the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination process and predicted the trends that will shape the future, post-pandemic society.
Commenting on the ongoing vaccination across the globe, Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO), claimed the unfair weighting of vaccine access in favour of rich countries will delay the global recovery from the healthcare and economic crises, potentially beyond 2022.
“While the COVAX effort is commendable if a few countries take the majority of the supplies and leave minimal cash and vaccine supplies behind for the rest, this is not ethical,” Dr Nabarro said.
The current “free-for-all” approach to vaccine supplies with “a small number of nations trying to outbid one another”, doesn’t work. But “fair access to vaccine for everybody, the objective for immunization, at least by 2022, is a reasonable prospect,” he said.
Talking before him, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, said, “Vaccine nationalism will only prolong the pandemic and the human and economic suffering that goes with it. Health must be seen not as a cost to be contained but as an investment in productive and resilient populations, and a key to sustainable development.”