Opinion Editorial.vaccines against COVID-19: "Soft Power" and Eye Powder

14:20  12 june  2021
14:20  12 june  2021 Source:   lemonde.fr

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The gift announced to the G7 of a billion doses by mid-2022 does not make a vaccine a "global public good" . Rich countries are still missing a true, unitary and coherent country, for equitable access to anti-Covid vaccines.

Editorial of the "World". It is virtuous emulations, and it is not going out of it. The competition, under cover of "soft power", the Powers of the G7 on the distribution of anti-Covid-19 vaccines to the countries that are cruelly under the second category.

united since Friday, June 11 in Carbis Bay, in Great Britain, the leaders of this rich and democratic country club have indicated that they would commit together one billion doses, in order to "vaccinate the world ". President Joe Biden promised that the United States would provide half. To not be left out, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson advanced 100 million doses, such as Canada. The European Union (EU) refrained from overbidding, camped on its mother posture, since it is the continent that exports the most vaccines since the beginning of the inoculation campaign.

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at G7, promises of vaccine donations to poor countries to counter Chinese and Russian influence here for ads. A further examination of these commitments, and in particular the delivery schedule, illuminates the situation of a less flattering light. Most of these countries have started their national vaccination campaign at the end of the year 2020. Some have, very early, ordered, and therefore grabbed, hundreds of millions of doses to the pharmaceutical laboratories whose work on the vaccine against the Covid-19 seemed promising and that they usually subsidized. While the United States and the United Kingdom began to vaccinate their population, it appeared that they would have many more doses than they need in the short term. EU countries, at this stage, were still struggling with a serious supply problem.

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Charges of "vaccinal nationalism" It took six months in Washington and London to start interest to the rest of the world. Once the target of 50% of the Americans vaccinated, the Biden administration became aware of the damage that the accusations of "vaccinal nationalism" could inflict, while China unfolded its own. At the same time, the ravages of a new variant of the virus in India, brutally placed the spotlight on the global immunization inequality.

While Europeans, more sensitive since the beginning of the issue of equitable vaccine access, highlights their own equation - as many vaccines exported and vaccines administered within the EU - the United States At the end of April, offered to deliver 60 million doses of Astrazeneca, vaccine which, in any event, was not allowed at home. Then, in May, they proposed a temporary lifting of patents.

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This proposal, inapplicable immediately because of the long-term negotiations to the World Trade Organization, was a screen of smoke, which took Europeans to reverse. It paved the way for a regrettable transatlantic controversy on the comparative merits of the sharing of vaccines, technology transfers and patent lifting, while they are complementary and should be the subject of a coherent and unitary strategy.

The donation of one billion doses deliverable in the twelve months does not constitute such a strategy or does the vaccine a "global public good". If it is a mission that this G7 should join, it is to give oneself the ambition and the means to rid the planet of this devastating pandemic, thanks to a distribution and a fair production of the vaccine.

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