Human Rights Watch pointed out that power is more focused on redistributing existing supplies rather than finding a formula for mass production of vaccines and necessities in the context of a pandemic.
Madrid (European News Agency).- The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) regrets that the World Leaders’ Meeting promised to mobilize millions of doses of vaccines and US$1 billion (over 853 million euros) to “rebuild better” They cannot meet global demand.
Human Rights Watch noted that the power of the World Leaders’ Meeting is more concerned with distributing existing supplies than it is about finding formulas to mass produce vaccines.
In this sense, Akshaya Kumar, Director of HRW Crisis Publicity, attaches great importance to the fact of sharing doses, but “donation” is not enough, because “there is no injection for everyone at all”, so “without a solution to the supply side” the world will not be able to achieve immunization.
Because only 15% of the pledged vaccine donation has been fulfilled, the NGO promised to continue monitoring and holding additional meetings at the close of this year and the beginning of next year.
Accordingly, the United States has committed to providing approximately 1.1 million vaccines in September 2022. But, so far, it has only confirmed that 160 million vaccines have been sent abroad.
At the summit, US President Joe Biden himself emphasized his country’s support for the production of vaccines in India and South Africa. Documents later published listed the financial agreements in which the US International Development Finance Corporation had invested.
WHO and COVAX had announced the establishment in South Africa of a vaccine transfer center to boost global dosing. But, this goal is still “hinderned by the non-participation of wealthy governments and corporations that have the intellectual rights required for manufacturing.”
These countries are also urged by the World Trade Organization “to abandon some of the intellectual property laws that prevent the production of these supplies.”
The World Health Organization asked governments to make every effort to ensure that at minimum 40% of the world’s population is vaccinated before the end of the year. Their goal is to achieve 10% by September. The first goal has been met by more than 70% of high income countries. However, as of September 1, no low-income country had achieved either of the second and third goals.
This is even part of the celebration of United Nations General Assembly. New York City requires everyone in the conference rooms to get vaccinated.
New York City provided COVID-19 testing free of charge and one dose of vaccine for all conference attendees through a mobile clinic located outside the conference building.
Kumar stated, “World leaders as well as their delegations can benefit from the abundant supply of covid-19 vaccination in the United States.” Biden missed the chance to give the same vaccine in the summit.
In the end, the Human Rights Watch employee criticized that world leaders should “seize this moment and invest in the development of a future where everyone can resist the epidemic.”