Fair access to vaccine not possible for poor countries

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Fri, 27 Nov 2020 18:45 GMT
Countries not to prioritize other nations’ needs over their own in coronavirus situation, says retired envoy After G20 Leaders' Summit decided to help underdeveloped countries in supplying COVID-19 vaccine, experts say that the amount of assistance in...
Fair access to vaccine not possible for poor countries

Countries not to prioritize other nations’ needs over their own in coronavirus situation, says retired envoy

After G20 Leaders' Summit decided to help underdeveloped countries in supplying COVID-19 vaccine, experts say that the amount of assistance in both the supply of vaccines and meeting the cost would be limited, as the developed countries are seriously affected by the global coronavirus outbreak.

During his speech at the two-day summit held last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested: "The vaccines developed should be made available to be the common property of humanity rather than deepening the existing injustices."

Turkey, on the other hand, also started to take steps to access the vaccine.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that an agreement to purchase 50 million doses of vaccine was signed with China, and talks to purchase some 25 million doses from Germany were ongoing.


'In fair supply, WHO may play a central role' 

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Aydin Nurhan, a retired ambassador, said that the decision came out of the G20 summit does not refer to the center of the problem, and just a "principle" support for cheap and easy access to the vaccine.

He said it should not be expected from the countries to leave their own nations and prioritize other nations' needs in such a situation that the world goes through.

Nurhan noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) may undertake a "central role" in the fair supply of the vaccine, however, for that the governments and vaccine producers must commit to honest, accurate quantity reporting and net financial support.

"The statement is a declaration of goodwill. The weak are left alone with their destiny," he said, adding that the condition of the helpless before the crisis has worsened.

"Debt forgiveness [of underdeveloped countries] was not even mentioned. The offer of six-month postponement is like mocking," Nurhan said, referring to another decision taken at the summit.

Turkey was more cautious than many countries on the supply of the vaccine, he said, adding that the agreed quantity will provide access to the vaccine for nearly half of the population.

"Therefore, I think the distribution will take place fairly and equitably," he said.

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