Photo: the family and volunteers of a new crown disease victim in South Africa sent his body to a cemetery earlier this month. /Associated Press
Novel coronavirus pneumonia, a CNN confirmed by Politico, the daily mail, reported that 27 new cases of new crown pneumonia were diagnosed in 100 million. At the same time, the uneven distribution of vaccines has once again become the focus of the international community. The director general of the World Health Organization, Mr. Tan Desai, once again criticized “vaccine nationalism”, accusing rich countries of hoarding vaccines and squeezing the share of poor countries. The United Kingdom and the European Union are preparing to fight a “vaccine trade war”. The European Union has warned to restrict Pfizer’s vaccine exports as a counterattack to the sharp reduction of supply by British Pharmaceutical Company AstraZeneca to the European Union. British media are worried that this will cost the UK 3.5 million doses of vaccine in February, seriously affecting the vaccination plan.
According to the daily mail on the 26th, the UK relies on Belgian factories to supply Pfizer vaccines. If the EU really stops exporting vaccines to countries outside the EU, the 3.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines expected to arrive in the UK in mid February may stay in the EU. By then, the UK can only rely on 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines delivered every week. On the 25th, British health secretary Xia Guoxian warned that the shortage of vaccine supply in the UK may not achieve the target of vaccinating 15 million vulnerable groups by mid February.
The European Union reached an agreement with AstraZeneca last year to order 400 million doses of vaccine and advance 336 million euros to increase production. AstraZeneca announced last week that due to insufficient production, its delivery to the EU in the first quarter of this year will be cut by 60%, from 80 million doses to 31 million doses. The European Union expressed strong dissatisfaction with this, accused AstraZeneca of breaching the contract, and proposed to tighten vaccine export control as a counterattack. Germany, which has many vaccine factories, is the most supportive of export controls, urging the EU to introduce strict measures. The EU is expected to announce its decision on the 29th.
Suspected bomb package in British vaccine factory
On the 26th, AstraZeneca President souboco retorted that the company did not promise to provide vaccine as scheduled in the agreement, only agreed to “do its best”, and described European governments as increasingly “emotional” recently;. He stressed that AstraZeneca absolutely did not resell the vaccine to the EU for profit. British vaccine minister zaharvey criticized the export control of vaccines as a manifestation of “vaccine nationalism”.
AstraZeneca and EU officials were scheduled to meet on the evening of the 27th to discuss vaccine supply. A spokesman for the European Commission said on the same day that representatives of AstraZeneca announced their refusal to attend the meeting. Subsequently, AstraZeneca issued a statement denying the claim. Politico website commented that Britain and Europe may trigger a “trade war” on vaccine supplies;. When the European Union, which has always advocated opening up the market, began to use export restrictions as a weapon, it may cause a domino effect in the world.
Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company with slow progress in vaccine research, agreed to start production of Pfizer vaccine at its factory in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 26 under pressure from the French government. It plans to produce 125 million doses by the end of the year for the European Union.
At noon local time on the 27th, the AstraZeneca vaccine factory in rexham Industrial Zone in Wales received a suspicious package and called bomb disposal forces to deal with it. Factory workers have been evacuated and nearby roads have been blocked. It is not clear whether vaccine production will be affected. The incident is still under investigation.
Who criticizes vaccine nationalism again
On the 26th, Tan Desai once again criticized “vaccine nationalism” and pointed out that the hoarding of goods by rich countries will lead to the delay of poor countries in controlling the epidemic, which will cause $9.2 trillion in global economic losses. He called on all countries, rich or poor, to vaccinate all health care workers and the elderly in the first 100 days of this year. South African President ramafosa criticized rich countries for snapping up vaccines and driving up prices. Some countries even hoarded four times the share of the total population. He called on rich countries to release vaccine stocks beyond their own needs and distribute them to other countries, including African countries.
On the same day, US President Biden announced the purchase of 200 million additional doses of vaccines, including 100 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and 100 million doses of Modena vaccine, in order to provide enough doses for 300 million people before autumn, almost equivalent to the population of the United States.