Catholic aid group Misereor urged the European Union to ensure fair and quick access to Covid19 vaccines after studies revealed that only 13% of the world’s populations had already locked in half of the supplies.
Pirmin Spiegel, director general of Misereor (the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation) said that experts are worried that universal vaccination may take years if richer countries do not invest more in it.
“Let’s not kid ourselves,” Spiegel said. “The world will only be able to deal with the Covid19 crisis if we fight it everywhere, not just at home.”
According to Spiegel, experts said that if the virus has only been controlled in individual regions, it can mutate to become stronger, that is, harder to fight.
“And here you see, and it becomes very clear, that inequality in our world is also mapped in the issue of access to vaccines,” he said. “That’s why vaccines are a global public good. Therefore, there must be quotas for the entire world population, to distribute them proportionately to the respective populations and to take into account levels of risk and vulnerability.”
He continues: “Some rich countries have already secured more vaccines than they need to supply their populations. Let’s make sure that all people who want it can be vaccinated quickly. In the spirit of universal brotherhood and solidarity, the poorest and most vulnerable need special attention.”