Some countries are left naked to the coronavirus as they are without the vaccine needed to combat its attack. The World Health Organization has confirmed that nearly a dozen countries are still without vaccines, many of them in Africa. There is concern that new variants could emerge in those countries.
Gian Gandhi, UNICEF’s COVAX coordinator for Supply Division urges wealthier nations to donate doses to those nations that are still waiting. Those countries waiting for vaccinations are not equipped to track the rate of infections.
Some countries have helped. Doctors Without Borders has helped supply oxygen for COVID-19 patients. The physicians also have plenty of Chinese-made KN95 masks and hand sanitizer. Still this is not enough as vaccines is what is needed. Everyone must be given a chance to fight this virus.
COVAX, the U.N.-backed program to ship COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, is aimed at helping low- and middle-income countries get access. Even though without the vaccines, countries such as Chad have expressed their concerns about receiving the AstraZeneca fearing it might not protect as well against the variant first seen in South Africa.
– Ella Breedlove