The mayhem that COVID-19 has unleashed on humanity sees no possibility of ending in the near future. The world has seen 3.4 million deaths due to the Coronavirus to date. Experts suggest that fully vaccinating the world is the only bulwark against the virus. The good news is that mass vaccination programs have been launched across the globe with 1.48 billion vaccines have been inoculated in 176 countries within a few months. The unfortunate development however is the inequality in vaccination.
As per Bloomberg, “countries with highest incomes are getting vaccinated 25 times faster than the countries with lowest income”. While the rich countries have hoarded and pre-ordered huge numbers of vaccines for themselves. The Economist Intelligence Unit suggested in January 2021 that more than 85 countries will not have widespread access to vaccines before 2023.
Vaccine nationalism and patenting of the vaccines are two major roadblocks in universal vaccination. In view of such a situation, GCAP as a member of the People’s vaccine Alliance (PVA) calls for “vaccine for all, everywhere” and treat it as a “People’s Vaccine”, not a profit vaccine.
This awareness webinar on the People’s Vaccine aims at discussing the basics of the issue, vaccination situation in the regions and GCAP campaign plan for universal and free vaccination.