Rich countries, where a total of 13% of the world‘s population lives, have already bought up half of the corona vaccines before they have been made, according to Oxfam. The human rights organisation warns that this will mean that at least two thirds of the world’s population will not have access to a vaccine until 2022.
Because rich countries buy 51 percent of the vaccines, much poorer countries are fishing behind the net, Oxfam says. Even in the extremely unlikely event that all five promising vaccines become a success, a large part of the world will be without a vaccine by 2022
Oxfam warns that the vaccine will not be distributed properly on the day the G20 finance ministers meet to discuss the coronavirus. The human rights organisation calls on countries and major pharmaceutical companies to make the vaccine available to everyone free of charge. The prices now quoted for a vaccine, from EUR 10 to around EUR 33, would prevent poor people from being vaccinated, according to Oxfam.
A free vaccine is only possible if the big pharmacists allow vaccines to be made on a large scale worldwide and if they share their knowledge, says Oxfam in a statement.