Coronavirus worldwide: G-20 ministers want equitable global distribution of vaccine

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More than 220 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.5 million infected people have died. More than 5.4 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Health ministers from the top 20 industrialized and emerging economies (G-20) plan to push for greater equity in the distribution of Corona vaccines worldwide. The conditions are in place to agree on a “Rome Pact” for this purpose, Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, said Sunday evening (Sept. 5) in Rome. A mandatory point of the agreement, he said, is to create conditions under which there is a right for everyone to receive vaccinations and they are not the privilege of a few. The goal of the two-day G20 meeting of health ministers in Italy was “a strong message of cooperation, solidarity and justice, under the conviction that no one will be left behind,” it said.

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Amsterdam on Sunday (Sept. 5) against the Dutch government’s Corona policy. The mood during the protest march through the center of the capital was peaceful, with drumming and dancing and participants carrying balloons, as seen on TV images. Some of the banners were directed against the government, others against the Corona vaccination, people want their basic rights back, they said. “Together for the Netherlands” was the slogan of the demonstration.

The British Vaccination Commission (JCVI) has surprisingly spoken out against blanket Corona vaccinations of 12- to 15-year-olds. Although the commission extended its vaccination recommendation for children and adolescents in this age group suffering from heart, lung and liver diseases, it did not want to issue a general vaccination recommendation. In a statement Friday (Sept. 3), Public Health England said the health benefits of vaccination are marginal for healthy people in this age group.

Britain and Australia are exchanging four million vaccine doses. The Australian government has been criticized for not doing enough to get vaccine for a long time. So far, only a good third of adults have been fully vaccinated. Now the UK wants to send vaccine doses to Australia. British Health Minister Sajid Javid said Friday (Sept. 3) the deal comes at the right time to strengthen both countries’ vaccination programs. Australia can speed up vaccine delivery “and we get new supplies in time for our future needs,” Javid tweeted. The U.K. plans to launch a booster program with a third vaccination for people over 60 before the end of September.

The EU Commission and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have settled their ongoing legal dispute over the supply of Corona vaccine doses. This was announced by the Commission on Friday (Sept. 3). It said this will guarantee the supply of 200 million outstanding doses until March 2022. The EU Commission had initiated legal action against AstraZeneca at the end of April. The British-Swedish manufacturer had repeatedly unilaterally cut supplies of Corona vaccine to the European Union drastically in the months before.

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