Boris Johnson is facing calls for developing countries to double his pledge of 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, new analysis showed, even after giving the UK more than 50 teenagers and the jab of boosters 216m shots will be left.
Labor said the prime minister had “no time to wait” to share life-saving jabs, as international data shows only 1.9 percent of people in low-income countries – less than one in 50 – so far A single covid vaccine has been received.
In contrast, in the UK more than 89 per cent of people over the age of 16 have received one vaccination, 81 per cent have received two and nearly 30 million people aged 50 or over have received a third vaccination in winter.
Shadow International Development Secretary Preet Kaur Gill called on Mr Johnson to give Britain “in case of urgency”, pointing to estimates that the rich world could donate 1.2bn surplus doses by the end of 2021, making 2.8m Deaths can be avoided in developing countries.
Experts have warned that leaving poor countries does not risk creating a “petri dish” for mutations to new strains of Covid-19 that current vaccines could evade, thereby protecting Britain against a new wave of the disease. can be taken away.
At the G7 summit in Cornwall in June, Mr Johnson announced the UK would donate 100m surplus doses over the next 12 months, most of which would pass through the Covax international immunization system.
But so far, only 10.3m UK jobs have been sent overseas.
And the total of 1 billion doses promised by G7 countries – which also include the US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the European Union – fell badly short of 11bn, the World Health Organization believes. necessary to bring the epidemic under control. .
The UK has ordered more than 540m doses of seven of the most promising vaccines – enough to vaccinate nearly nine times as many of the entire population – but so far only four have been approved for use, and the French A deal has been struck for 100m shots of the Valneva product. scrapped.
Labor’s shadow international development secretary Preet Kaur Gill said Labor’s analysis showed that even after 12-15-year-olds got a Pfizer jab and 50-plus people got a booster, a large number of doses would remain.
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