Today, some countries have begun to vaccinate against the novel coronavirus, bringing the dawn to end the global epidemic. But some things that happened during this period made people feel a little gloomy.
Rich people spend a lot of money to “buy first”
According to a piece of news on the website of the Daily Telegraph on the 8th, many doctors in the UK have recently received emails from an investment company called The Hacking Trust, hoping to use up to £5,000 per person’s “reward” to inject their front-line employees with coronavirus early.
According to the details disclosed by the media, The Hacking Trust introduced itself in the email as a “private medical company” and is seeking about 20 doses of vaccine for employees.
And it’s quite “considerate of others”, which says, “We know that many appointments have not been completed, and even some people have not appeared at all.
With that in mind, we would love to let us know when this happens to avoid unnecessary waste of vaccines.” The email mentioned that it is willing to “donate” to clinics that provide vaccines or provide funds directly to relevant staff.
Claiming to be a medical colleague, and then providing a lot of money “donation”, this operation is really exhausting.
However, as soon as the news came out, the first impression of many Britons was that rich people wanted to jump the queue.
“As a clinician, my view is that the COVID-19 vaccine should be given priority to those who really need it, not to those who have money to pay for priority use,” said Van Tam, the UK’s deputy chief medical officer.
That said, the website of the British newspaper The Sun also reported that many British doctors confirmed that it was not strange that they wanted to spend money to “skip the queue” last month to prioritize vaccinations.
Some people quoted more than 2,000 pounds.
No wonder there are British media concerns that precious coronavirus vaccines may go to black market trading.
Rich countries “crazy sweep goods” to hoard vaccines
If several wealthy British businessmen secretly spend money to get vaccinated early, affecting others getting vaccinated sooner or later, the collective actions of a large number of rich countries ignore the interests of developing and underdeveloped countries around the world.
Reuters reported on the 8th directly that “WHO warns rich countries not to jump in line on vaccines”.
It is reported that WHO Director-General Tedros Tedros made a strong criticism of “vaccine nationalism” at a press conference on the 8th.
“Well-rich countries have the majority of the vaccine supply” and that “the countries should not jump the queue” without any vaccine in other countries, Tedros said.
Tedros called on vaccine manufacturers to prioritize the supply and deployment of vaccines through the COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan.
He urged countries that have ordered more vaccines than they need and are controlling global supplies to donate the vaccine they ordered immediately to the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program.
Tedros pointed out that countries and vaccine manufacturers should stop bilateral transactions at the expense of the “COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan”.
Michael Ryan, head of the WHO Health Emergency Project, also said on the same day that vulnerable groups and front-line health workers should be vaccinated first, no matter where they live.
The deanor of civilization
It is understandable that a country gives priority to its own citizens.
However, as WHO officials mentioned, ignoring the principles of scientific epidemic prevention and the cooperation of the international community, hoarding too many vaccines
Resulting in people at high risk and in urgent need of protection in other countries, are contrary to the spirit of solidarity and cooperation to fight the epidemic advocated by the international community.
What’s more, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “jacking line” without hesitation to compete for a vaccine is not only the act of “backing up” in the process of human civilization, but also to forget the simplest truth: no one is safe until everyone is safe.