Source Title: Russian media: “vaccine nationalism” feeds back on rich countries
Russia’s “independent” website on January 29 published a report entitled “vaccine nationalism even threatens the health of people in rich countries”, saying that the vaccines of AstraZeneca and Pfizer will not be produced and supplied to the European Union on schedule. EU member states have no access to vaccines at a critical time when mass vaccination is urgently needed. The British government takes a tough stance on this, insisting that it has signed a contract with its own company in advance, so the AstraZeneca vaccine must be supplied to its citizens first, and then to other Europeans.
The report pointed out that when countries signed vaccine supply contracts, the media rarely considered a problem, that is, there may be conflicts of interest between vaccine producing countries and purchasing countries. It’s important to know that people’s vaccination is not only a financial issue, but also a national and international security issue. Under the same conditions, the priority of the state is “itself”;.
According to the report, “vaccine nationalism” is a recognized fact, and it also exists in rich countries. There has been a serious dispute over the supply of vaccines to the European Union, with AstraZeneca preparing to supply only a quarter of the planned amount of vaccines to the European Union in the first quarter. But the company announced it would meet London’s requirements and produce the vaccine as soon as possible. As a result, Brussels seems to be behind the UK.
The British government’s statement added fuel to the fire, saying that AstraZeneca’s factories in the UK would first produce 100 million doses of vaccine for the British, and then it would be the turn of citizens of other countries. It can be inferred that the British Prime Minister is trying to prove the correctness of brexit and to convince the public of the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.