Vaccines Need To Be Cheap And Accessible Worldwide

Vaccine development typically takes years of research, design, and trial. For Covid-19 vaccines, pharmaceutical companies took only months to receive emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. This rapid development should be applauded, but the next steps are equally crucial. These vaccines need to be affordable and accessible, not just in the United States, but globally. As one of the world’s wealthiest countries, the US should do its part to ensure we achieve worldwide vaccination. Worldwide vaccination requires all countries receiving the vaccines they need. We need a sort of vaccine equity. Countries shouldn’t get more vaccines than they need, and all countries should receive what they require. Some countries like Canada and Germany are ordering as many as eight times more vaccines than people. This means poorer countries in Africa, South America, and Asia may not receive that surplus. Sharon Lerner of The Intercept calls this vaccine apartheid. “It’s already clear that the majority of countries will not have enough, while rich countries are hoarding vaccine supplies.” We cannot allow vaccine hoarding and unnecessary death in developing nations. Read the full article on Forbes.
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