And is that according to the World Health Organization, most vaccines have only been applied in 10 countries, a concept that many have already coined as “vaccine hoarding” or “vaccine nationalism.”
Richer nations such as Canada and the United Kingdom “quickly bought more doses of vaccines than their fair share of their populations,” Global Citizen explains. an organization that fights against poverty and that recently allied with Harry and Meghan. “Meanwhile, low- and middle-income countries have struggled to secure the necessary doses,” putting the most vulnerable people at a further disadvantage.
“We cannot leave anyone behind. We will all benefit, we will all be fine, if everyone, everywhere, manages to have equitable access to vaccines ”, explained Meghan and Harry, co-hosts of the Vax Live organized by Global Citizen. This platform also offered a virtual concert to unite everyone, from a distance, last May.
This concert was followed by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and Jennifer Lopez, and collected 302 million dollars to buy 26 million doses. Now Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have written an open letter to the presidents of the firms Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, asking them to speed up the vaccine delivery process and send additional doses to the countries most in need.
This Open Letter From Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Also Asks To The Top 5 Pharmaceuticals to employ “all possible measures to increase world supply … Including the temporary suspension of intellectual property.” An already popular motion through which it is requested that the patent on vaccines be open to all. By staying private, pharmaceutical companies get richer, but the poorest countries suffer from not having a quicker and cheaper option to produce the necessary vaccines.
The refusal to open the patent, according to Oxfam could increase the costs of accessing vaccines in poor countries, up to 10 times. World leaders supporting vaccine equity include President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron; and among the countries that do not want it, are Germany and the United Kingdom.