Vaccine apartheid

This moral dilemma could be avoided if rich nations at the G7, under the UK’s leadership, had stepped up with a real plan to achieve global vaccine equity. They did not. Instead, they have perpetuated the vaccine apartheid we are experiencing.

More than 100 former presidents and prime ministers had written to the G7, urging them to bankroll at least two-thirds of the $66bn (£48bn) needed by low-income countries for Covid vaccines. But rather than paying up the $44bn that such an undertaking would cost, they instead offered a measly $7bn.

If we don’t pay for them this is apartheid?

Slightly overdoing the rhetoric there, no?

20 thoughts on “Vaccine apartheid”

  1. The Guardian didn’t pony up the billions either, which makes them racist. Nor did Jeff, Elon, Warren or Bill. We live in troubling times.

  2. Why don’t we send more vaccines to the third world? After all, anyone in good health under 50 really only needs the vaccine to get into clubs, restaurants and theatres, not to protect their health.

  3. If we have to borrow to send stuff to abroad, why can’t abroad borrow instead and cut out the middleman?

  4. If we have to borrow to send stuff to abroad, why can’t abroad borrow instead and cut out the middleman?

    Because the middlemen being cut out are the Tristrans and Jocastas doing the non-jobs that decide which interpretive dance troupe or trannie rights advocacy group should be receiving our ££££billion.

  5. Make the rational decision to spend 100% of the UK Aid budget on vaccines then tell Tristan and Jocasta that their non-jobs in the civil service have ceased.

  6. I wish somebody would offer me a “measly” $7 billion.

    In fact, thinking about it, I’d settle for an even more measly $7 million.

    Anybody? $1 million then? That’s my final offer.

  7. Boris is missing a chance. Divert the whole Foreign Aid budget to vaccines and then when the emergency is over (if ever) just stop the aid altogether.

  8. I’ve always felt the foreign aid budget should be used for bribes. But what would Boris want the foreigners to do??

  9. “I’ve always felt the foreign aid budget should be used for bribes.”

    I think you’ll find…

  10. Make the rational decision to spend 100% of the UK Aid budget on vaccines then tell Tristan and Jocasta that their non-jobs in the civil service have ceased.

    I have no problem with this, other than the fact that Tristan and Jocasta would simply move from their non-jobs in other fake charities to whichever was given the task of getting vaccines to 3rd world indigenes.

    Now if you simply said to Bangladesh or whomever (countries with their own satellites or nukes needn’t apply), “Look we’ll pony up £x million for AstraZeneca or whomever to deliver umpty-million vaccines to your hospital supply chain and we’ll cough”, then that’s fair enough. No doubt some of it would go on the black market, but some of it might ACTUALLY reach the people in need of vaccination for free. How about that.

    Not that Tristan and Jocasta would be worried either way, because they’ve always got mater and pater to fall back on.

  11. India has the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, with a licence from AZ so – yes – we could just pay them to supply half the world with vaccines.

    However the countries with the worst death rates per million are in Europe and Latin America, followed by the USA and Caucasus. Hungary’s death rate is 30 times that of Bangladesh, there a dozen other European countries with death rates more than 20 times Bangladesh’s; almost all of them are far higher (Norway is “only” 42% worse). Peru with over 50 times B is an outlier but every country in South America except Venezuela and Guyana has death rates more than ten times B’s.

    So we certainly should help the poor countries but vaccinating the vulnerable in Europe actually should come first. Vaccinate the world’s poor before British children but after adults in eastern Europe.

  12. John Galt: given the dodgy methods used to generate the “pandmic” and that worldwide the death rate is no wothan a bad flu year disproportionately affecting the frail elderly, does anyone anywhere need a vaccine other than in furtherance of nefarious goals?

  13. BiTiN (god I’m getting lazy)

    John77

    I’m not at all sure that the numbers you’re relying on are reliable.

    Or even vaguely relevant.

    Vide Portugal. What, 152 dead in 15 months or so?

  14. @ BiTiN
    Portugal is reported at 17,194 deaths, so I don’t know where the 152 comes from.
    The numbers don’t need to be precisely accurate with that sort of differential. Obviously we cannot trust Venezuela or China but Europe’s, Asia’s and Africa’s figures only need to be within a multiple/divisor of three to make my point valid.
    We do know that Mexico’s and Iran’s numbers are significantly understated and true figures are nearer twice the reported ones but that doesn’t alter the the European death-rate.

  15. Like the UK –the numbers are likely a pack of massively exaggerated “with not from” deaths of the old and ill and large numbers of ordinary deaths re-labelled as Con-vid via shite PCR tests.

    Every single con-vid death should have been post mortem’d for absolute certainty. Instead of PMs being thrown out the window for 16 months. Prob because we would be amazed at how few have actually died from kung flu if they hadn’t been stopped.

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