Global vaccination effort 'too small' despite G7 pledge, government advisor warns

Efforts by richer nations to vaccinate the world against the coronavirus are “too little” despite the G7’s pledge to give poorer countries a billion doses, a British government adviser warned.

Professor Andrew Hayward of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London and the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) said a more appropriate target would be 11 billion vaccinations.

Failure to provide enough vaccines will “continue to weigh heavily on the global economy” at an estimated cost of $ 9 trillion, he added.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “Earlier this year the G7 met and pledged a billion vaccine donation to the global immunization program.

“That sounds like a lot of vaccines, but we really need more than 11 billion, which is a small percentage of what is needed to protect the rest of the world.”

He said that currently 75% of vaccines distributed worldwide were going to about 10% of countries, adding that some continents, such as Africa, have only vaccinated about 2% of their population and are “still extremely at risk”. , and just can’t really get back to normal “.

Prof. Hayward said, “This lack of global vaccination coverage will continue to weigh heavily on the global economy.

“It is estimated that it could cost the world economy about nine trillion dollars.”

World leaders pledged to provide one billion doses of coronavirus vaccine to poorer nations at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the promise at the time as “a big step towards vaccinating the world”.

Latest government data as of August 30th shows that 88.4% of people aged 16 and over in the UK received a first dose and 78.7% received both.

About 39.5% of the world’s population has reportedly received at least one vaccination Our world in data.

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