Ex-UK PM Calls For Airlift Of 240m Vaccines To Poorer Countries

Ex-UK PM Calls For Airlift Of 240m Vaccines To Poorer Countries

10/18/2021 4:45:00 AM

Ex-UK PM Calls For Airlift Of 240m Vaccines To Poorer Countries

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for an immediate airlift of unused COVID-19 jabs to countries in the global south. Brown, an adviser to

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for an immediate airlift of unused COVID-19 jabs to countries in the global south.Brown, an adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), is pressing the leaders of Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States to hold an emergency summit to agree on the airlift ahead of the G20 meeting later this month.

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He said an airlift of 240 million doses this month could save 100,000 lives.It would be the first part of a plan to transfer a billion vaccine doses from rich countries to lower-income countries over several months, a plan he said could prevent “many of the one million COVID-19-induce deaths projected over the next year.”

“While vaccines have been pledged for donation from all donors, we are not getting the vaccines into people’s arms and urgently need a month-to-month timetable to meet our interim targets and prevent further loss of lives,” Brown was quoted as saying by the Observer newspaper. headtopics.com

“An immediate emergency airlift of 240 million vaccines this month from the global north to the global south should be followed by the transfer of a further 760 million vaccines transferred by February.”If we do not use the stockpiled vaccines, many – perhaps 100 million – will go to waste when they pass their use-by dates and expire,” he explained.

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