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Masks, tests, treatments, vaccines: why we now need a global approach to combat Covid-19

Aanother important consideration is the cost: if the private sector is willing to step up and produce this vaccine, for example, it should not lose money to do so. At the same time, any Covid-19 vaccine must be classified as a “global public good” and remain accessible and accessible to all.

Fortunately, there are organizations like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which has a long history of helping low and middle income nations access critical immunizations.

Over the past two decades, thanks largely to UK support, Gavi has worked with WHO and Unicef ​​to introduce 13 new vaccines, including the Ebola vaccine, in the 73 poorest countries in the world. They are willing and able to do the same with a Covid-19 vaccine, but they also need more funding.

Specifically, Gavi will need $ 7.4 billion over the next five years – and that’s just to maintain his current immunization effort. The delivery of a Covid-19 vaccine will cost even more.

These multi-billion dollar price tags can seem like a lot of money, especially at a time when whole economies are slowing down. But they are nothing compared to the cost of a failed immunization effort and a longer outbreak.

For the past 20 years, I have asked world leaders to invest in the health of the poorest people in the world. I claimed it was the right thing to do – and it is. But pandemics remind us that helping others is not the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing to do.

Humanity, after all, is not only bound by common values ​​and social bonds. We are also connected biologically, by a microscopic germ network that connects a person’s health to everyone else’s health.

In this pandemic we are all connected.

Our answer must also be.

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