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Oxfam pushes for coronavirus vaccine patents to be released


La ONG Oxfam Intermón calls on the Government of Spain to expand its commitment to donate covid-19 vaccines and accelerate its compliance, “far from what was announced”, and also asks the Executive to work so that the European Union suspend patents.

In a statement, Oxfam warns that in six weeks, from November 11 to December 21, the EU, the United Kingdom and the United States have received 513 million doses of vaccines, more than the 500 million doses that have reached the countries of Africa in a whole year.

According to the data provided by this organization, only 8.6% of the African population has a complete vaccination schedule and they calculate that at the current rate, the first dose will not reach all the inhabitants of these countries until April 2023, despite the fact that 78% would be willing to get vaccinated.

They further calculate that the surplus doses from G7 countries between now and March 2022 will be 1.4 billion doses after the reinforcement puncture, despite which “they are not fulfilling their donation commitments.”

Therefore, they aim at the governments of rich countries as the “culprits” of prolonging the pandemic “by blocking real solutions for access to vaccines in the poorest countries, since” the low coverage of vaccines in the global south “could, according to experts, have created the favorable conditions for the appearance of a variant such as omicron.

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They argue that most countries, including the United States, support India and South Africa’s proposal to suspend patents, an advance that, they underline, the United Kingdom, the EU and Switzerland have prevented. If this barrier were removed, a hundred manufacturers could produce messenger RNA vaccines.

And also charges against Pfizer Y Modern for refusing to share vaccine technology generation and also ugly that all the major vaccine suppliers have boycotted the common fund for access to technology covid-19 (C-TAP) of the WHO, designed to share progress against the coronavirus.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has warned in international meetings, such as the G-20 last October, that donations are not enough and he has advocated increasing the production of vaccines in the world and find balanced solutions to the patent debate.

EFE

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