An independent panel of experts monitoring the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic stated that rich countries have not done enough to transfer COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries that desperately need them, because Delta variant Causing a new wave of diseases worldwide,
In May, the Independent Panel on Epidemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) called for 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines from high-income countries to be redistributed to low- and middle-income countries by September, and another 1 billion doses by mid-2022.
“The world is far from reaching these goals,” IPPPR co-chair Helen Clark told the UN General Assembly in a UN General Assembly briefing on Wednesday. “Some promises have been made, but more work needs to be done, and it can be done urgently.”
Since the IPPPR report, the pandemic has worsened and the Delta variant is Exacerbate the surge in coronavirus In the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world, only a small part of the population has been vaccinated. Health systems in some countries are being pushed to the brink of collapse, and death rates are rising.
Clark and another co-chair, Alan Johnson, Sirleaf, said that there is an urgent need to overhaul the way vaccines and treatments are developed, noting that the group described the current system as “unfit for purpose” in its May report.
“Vaccine unfairness is a key factor in the wave of deaths we are seeing in Africa, Asia and Latin America,” Clark said, emphasizing the support of the expert group Temporarily abandon the patent According to the TRIPS agreement of the World Trade Organization or WTO, to ensure that more vaccines can be produced quickly. The United States also supports this initiative.
“It is surprising that pharmaceutical manufacturers continue to not share technologies or know-how that will help to rapidly scale up production. This is surprising and self-defeating. We believe that it is necessary to shift from a market-based model to a model based on global public goods. “
IPPPR’s May report is severe Regarding the world’s response to the pandemic, the “toxic cocktail” of indecision and poor coordination means that warning signs have been ignored and politicians have failed to learn from the past.
Sirleaf, who led Liberia during the war Ebola crisis From 2014 to 2016, it was stated at the conference that the General Assembly could play a “decisive role” in supporting the necessary institutional reforms to ensure that the world responds more effectively to the global health crisis.
Sirleaf said: “This must be the last pandemic that has caused the scale of devastation we are witnessing today.” “We need a stronger international pandemic prevention and response system that understands threats, stays vigilant, and is ready to take collective action. No one country can do this work alone. It cannot even be done by a group of countries, no matter how willing it is, because our strength depends on our weakest link.”
IPPPR proposes to increase the authority and independence of the World Health Organization (WHO), including providing “adequate, predictable, flexible and sustainable funding.” The group stated that the terms of its director-general and regional directors should also be seven years.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump once stated that he was Cut donations The World Health Organization withdrew the United States from the organization, accusing it of being too close to China.
Since President Biden took office, the United States has returned to the WHO and emphasized the need for multilateral responses to global health security.
On Wednesday, at a meeting with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Secretary of State Anthony Brinken supported WHO’s plan to conduct more research on the origin of COVID-19, including in China, where the virus first appeared at the end of 2019. 2019. China opposed the proposal last week.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement: “(Blincoln) emphasized that the next phase needs to be timely, evidence-based, transparent, expert-led and undisturbed.”