Abstract: every vaccine may change the fate of a person or even a family. The only way for the world to get out of the shadow of the new crown in 2021 is to get out of the rut of nationalism and out of the fence of geopolitics.
At a regular press conference held by who on January 29, local time, & lt; vaccine nationalism & gt; became the core topic. Who Director General John tandesay warned that the current multi-national vaccine hoarding will lead to a “catastrophic moral failure”; who chief emergency expert Mike Ryan visualized the “cake theory”: on the issue of vaccine distribution, some countries are fighting for the cake, while the front-line medical staff in economically underdeveloped countries are fighting for the cake; You can’t even tell the crumbs;.
Why is who so angry?
In the increasingly fierce “cake grabbing” melee, the developed countries have their own internal strength;. Pfizer cut its vaccine delivery to Europe on the grounds of “upgrading” its production base. Many EU countries wrote to the European Commission saying this was “unacceptable”, German television reported on the 17th;. At the same time, he added meaningfully: “the US market will not be affected.”;.
On January 29, the European Union once threatened to restrict the export of new crown vaccines to the UK under the terms of the & lt; brexit & gt; agreement due to suspicions that the vaccines produced by British company AstraZeneca would be given priority to the UK. Although the dispute ended with the EU’s “admission of error”, CNN still criticized it in an article on the 30th, saying that the dispute between the EU and the UK revealed the ugly truth about vaccine nationalism;.
The increasingly fierce battle for the cake between developed countries is a game of the rich. Two months ago, a study by the people’s Alliance for vaccines pointed out that by the end of 2021, rich countries would buy three times as many vaccines as their total population.
Production and distribution channels are firmly grasped by developed countries, making it more difficult for developing countries to obtain vaccines. As of the 29th, the United States, Britain and Israel, which account for only 6% of the world’s population, managed 45% of the world’s total vaccines, while the total number of vaccines injected in low-income countries was less than 100, Forbes reported. The report also quoted previous forecasts by the Economist Intelligence Unit that “most developing countries will not be able to have mass vaccination earlier than 2023.”;. No wonder President Vucci of Serbia sighed: “at present, it is more difficult to get vaccines than nuclear weapons. ”
On the 31st, Pakistan sent a special air force plane to Beijing to receive the new vaccine from China. This scene is very symbolic: for the vast number of developing countries with weak medical system, the new vaccine is extremely critical and directly linked to national security. In recent days, Seychelles, Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkey, Peru and other countries have stepped up the purchase of Chinese vaccines, and many politicians have taken the lead in the fight against Chinese vaccines.
China’s vaccine, known as the “lifeline of developing countries”, has become the first choice of many developing countries, which is good news for global anti epidemic. However, some western media once again put on their “colored glasses” and “geopolitics” and “big power competition” to stigmatize China’s vaccine as a “diplomatic tool”;.
When people are worried that 2021 will become a reprint of 2020, the way of reporting and underlying thinking of individual western media are so similar to last year. In 2020, it is in the process of smearing and planting other countries and politicizing anti epidemic again and again that the global anti epidemic missed one window after another. &”In a divided world, we can’t overcome the epidemic & quot; & quot; the politicization of the epidemic exacerbates the problem. No one is safe until all of us are safe. &”Mr. tandesay’s speech in June 2020 is still enlightening.
The world cannot fall twice in the same place. As Germany’s health minister Spencer said on January 31, & lt; no matter which country the vaccines are produced in, if they are safe and effective, they can help cope with the epidemic & gt;. Every vaccine may change the fate of a person or even a family. The only way for the world to get out of the shadow of the new crown in 2021 is to get out of the rut of nationalism and out of the fence of geopolitics.