Meghan, Duchess of Sussex And Prince Harry recently made an appearance at Global Citizen Live in New York City. There, the couple gave an impassioned speech about the need for more vaccine equity around the world. However, experts are now dismissing some of the claims made by the couple, saying that their views are misleading.
What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry said about vaccine disparity
At the Global Citizen live event, Meghan and Harry spoke to the crowd about the need for more vaccines around the world. At the moment, some countries are easily able to vaccinate their citizens, while others struggle to secure adequate amounts of vaccines.
“This year, every country in the world is expected to produce enough doses to meet the goal of immunizing 70% of people,” Meghan said. “But it is wrong that so far this vaccine has been supplied to only 10 rich countries, not everyone else. This is not right.”
Harry urged “ultra-rich pharmaceutical companies” to share their “recipes” for vaccines. He said of developing countries, which lack vaccines, “These countries have the means, capacity and workers to start manufacturing. They are just waiting for the vaccine intellectual property to be waived and the vaccine technology transferred. “
Experts rubbish Sussex’s claims
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Much more “complicated” than what Meghan and Harry have said, according to some experts, is the issue of vaccine inequality. While the Sussexes believe that pharmaceutical companies are preventing vaccines from going to other countries, the real problem actually comes to the fore during vaccine distribution.
Wire Thomas Cuney, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, was quoted as saying: “We agree with the Sussexes that action is needed to quickly and equitably share Covid-19 vaccines around the world… Waiving rights- 19 vaccines will not increase production nor provide the practical solutions needed to fight this global health crisis.
The news outlet noted that, according to Cunei, “trade barriers, supply chain constraints, raw material shortages, and reluctance among rich countries to share supplements” are issues that countries need to deal with.
Dr Simon Clark, also associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading in England, said: “With RNA vaccines in particular, I don’t believe there are many places in the developing world that can make them on a large scale.”
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In addition to attending the Global Citizen live event, Meghan and Harry have used their time in NYC in other ways. For example, the couple went to a school in Harlem and stopped near One World Trade Center.
Back in August, royal writer Omid Scobie revealed that Meghan and Harry are entering an “era of visibility.” For the past year, the Sussexes have been private and virtually attending events, but it looks like things will change in the near future.
“They’re a couple that do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be grounded,” Scobie explained. People. “They say the proof is in the pudding, and what we’re about to see is the pudding.”