The president of Mexico urged the UN to act so that 10 nations stop concentrating 80% of the vaccines against COVID-19.
The governments of Mexico and Argentina, countries where 1.0% of the population has been immunized, argued that the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine should be fair and equitable for nations.
In a morning conference, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, accused that the vaccines against COVID-19 have been concentrated in 10 developed nations, leaving behind less developed countries, including those of Latin America.
López Obrador urged the United Nations (UN) to increase its participation, so that all countries of the world have access to vaccines and avoid their hoarding.
A mechanism was created at the UN (Covax), but it is not working, because of the 80 countries that have the vaccine, 10 are concentrating 80% (of doses) and the remaining 70, where we are, we have 20 percent »
There are more than 100 countries that do not have a single dose of vaccine, that is totally unfair, where is the universal brotherhood? So the UN has to intervene because it looks like a vase that is adorned. ”
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico.
In his turn, Alberto Fernández explained that his Government has proposed, together with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to declare the vaccine a global good, so that the rights are transferred and each country can produce the doses.
That idea has been raised and has been proposed by Pope Francis, the intention is to bring justice and equity to the distribution of the vaccine.
Alberto Fernández, president of Argentina.
The president of Mexico showed the advancement of nations in immunizing the population; The United States has injected 13.3% of its population, with more than 63 million vaccines in its possession; China at 2.9 percent, with 40 million 520 thousand doses; and the United Kingdom at 26.3 percent, with 18 million 197 thousand vaccines.
India, Israel, Brazil, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Russia also appear on the top 10 list.
In addition to Brazil, a Latin American country that has supplied almost 6 million 951 vaccines and immunized 2.8% of its population; Chile stands out, a nation that has immunized 15% of its population, with more than 2 million 891 doses.
Mexico and Argentina have vaccinated 1.0% of their population against the virus, with 1,733,404 doses and 720,267 acquired doses, respectively.
In this regard, AMLO explained that Covax – a mechanism created for the vaccine to reach low-income countries – is an agreement that must be enforced, and thanked the pharmaceutical companies and governments of other nations for their support so that the doses are distributed among more peoples.
In the presence of the President of Argentina, Marcelo Ebrard stated that his concern due to the fact that, to date, Covax has not delivered a single vaccine. “Today they expect them to say when they are going to deliver their first vaccine,” he said.