On the same day that the world passed the 4 million Covid-19 mortality mark, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that variations generate a “wave of death” in areas where immunizations are scarce. Because of inequitable vaccine manufacture and distribution, variants are currently winning the race against vaccinations. But, it didn’t have to be this way, and it won’t be this way in the future.
Ghebreyesus urged the Group of 20 countries’ economic leaders, who are meeting this week, to work together to bring vaccines and other health tools to developing countries. Ghebreyesus said, “Vaccine nationalism, where a handful of nations have taken the lion’s share, is morally indefensible. At this stage in the pandemic, the fact that millions of health and care workers have still not been vaccinated is disgusting.”
According to the CDC, the Delta variation is responsible for 73.3 percent of new infections in Missouri. While the Delta variant’s spread is alarming, the three vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States appear to protect people from it. After failing to reach its Fourth of July objective of vaccinating 70% of the population, the Biden administration is now launching a fresh “door-to-door” vaccine campaign.