World powers must show solidarity

Morocco is one of the countries that had to wait to gain access to the anti-Covid vaccine. The agreements with certain producer laboratories were obviously not sufficient. Because opposite, there is a vaccine race that turns out fierce and relentless lobbying by world powers, which has resulted in some countries having already launched their vaccination campaign and even administering the second dose of the vaccine.

Out of 42 states that deployed anti-Covid vaccines as of January 8, 36 were high-income countries while the remaining four were middle-income, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who likewise called for ” start as soon as possible, within the next 100 days, vaccination campaigns around the world, with a view to halting the progression of the pandemic which has already caused some 2 million deaths ”.

However, it will be necessary to wait * for the countries of the “North”, as CNN describes them, to vaccinate their populations before the countries of the “South” can do so. Indeed, in a map produced by CNN, we can clearly observe a delay in the launch of the campaign in the countries which are located in the South, particularly in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia. And it is generally countries of the ” Third World “. While the countries of the North, generally more powerful both diplomatically and economically, have already launched their vaccination campaign.

The WHO had already expressed its fear about the political and diplomatic issues that come into play regarding the acquisition of the vaccine by powerful countries to the detriment of low-income countries.

According to Pr. Moulay Mustapha Ennaji, virologist and director of the virology laboratory at the Hassan II University of Casablanca, in this health crisis, it is necessary to show ” international solidarity “. He thus believes in a statement to Hespress Fr “that developed or powerful countries must express a certain solidarity with low-income countries, or as CNN has qualified them, the countries of the South “. Why is that ?

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In response to this question, the virologist argues that humanity has not yet left the hostel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, even with the launch of vaccination campaigns in several countries.

If the developed countries vaccinate their populations, loosen the strings a little and reopen their borders, it is very likely that the virus, which is constantly changing, reappears in these countries of the South which have not yet been vaccinated, and the risk of a spread remains ”.

Thereby, he said, “Vaccines must be distributed equitably to allow all populations of the world to be vaccinated and thus leave aside political and diplomatic issues. It is in the interest of all, because if we speak at the level of the countries of “ collective immunity ”, this concept is also valid for the whole of the world population which must also achieve this objective , and this is only possible thanks to solidarity ”.

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