Pretty condemning article to the "we're all in this together", "look how the world came together to quickly make vaccines for everyone" rhetoric
Basically still no tech sharing, big companies keeping the patents tightly locked up while rich countries stockpile vaccines beyond what they need.
Scientists agree that children are at low risk from COVID-19. But that hasn't stopped richer countries from stockpiling precious vaccine supplies to inoculate the young, even as poor countries have few or no shots to give.
A recent meeting of WHO's vaccine allocation group disbanded with nothing accomplished, because there was no vaccine to allocate. "Zero doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, zero doses of Pfizer vaccine, zero doses of J&J vaccine," said Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor at the organization.
"Every single one of our suppliers is unable to supply during this period because others are making demands on those products, others who are vaccinating very young populations that are not at risk," Aylward said.
But a plummeting jet takes all passengers with it, whether or not they are wearing masks. And the failure to provide vaccines across the globe ensures that COVID-19 will continue to spread, and mutate, and sicken, and kill.
"It speaks volumes about where we are as a globe when you have the source of decision-making sitting with very few people who have a lot of wealth and are essentially making life and death decisions for the rest of the globe," Mass General's Katz said. "Every month that we lost put us further and further behind."
We'll be stuck with Covid measures for a long time, and the death toll will keep adding up for years to come at this rate. It's sad, we're now destroying expired vaccine batches as we have more than people care to show up for.
And when it does get send on, it's beyond the expiry date and has to be destroyed
Many thousands of vaccine doses have been destroyed in African countries because they've exceeded their expiry dates.
Others are being returned by countries saying they will be unable to use them before they expire.