A new report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says not enough is being done to prepare for the next pandemic.
In the report, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenges nations to make long-term investments in health care systems, as well as to reduce vaccine and resource disparities between high- and low-income countries.
“It seems clear that in a globalized world, where people and goods constantly move across borders, it is insufficient for wealthy countries to sequester the virus with the tools and resources alone,” the report said. has gone.
In 2015, Bill Gates warned of the threat of a global pandemic threatening human lives, and the report outlined these challenges, such as 31 million additional people in extreme poverty as a result of the coronavirus, and 13 million women employed globally. Jobs are expected to remain. below 2019 levels.
The report said the tools to end the pandemic are similar to those of fighting other infectious diseases such as malaria and polio: “the use of widespread testing and, when possible, rapid and effective treatments and life-saving vaccinations.”
However, the report, known as the Annual Goalkeepers Report, called the vaccination disparity between high- and low-income countries a “deep moral outrage”.
Less than one percent of vaccine doses are administered in low-income countries, the report said, compared to 80 percent administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries.
In California, 42 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were given, compared to 48 million doses across Africa. Africa’s population is more than 30 times that of California, but halfway through 2021, both delivered a comparable number of doses.
The report, the fifth of its kind, eventually called for increased investment in research and development, citing India as an epitome of pandemic preparedness with its decades-long investment in healthcare manufacturing infrastructure, resulting in About two-thirds of all vaccines sold globally are being made. in the subcontinent.
Bill Gates continues to be co-chair of the foundation along with his ex-wife Melinda French Gates. The pair are also sole trustees of the charitable trust, but Mr Gates said he plans to add more to enhance the foundation’s governance and independence.
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