Corona vaccination for 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2021

Health Minister Spahn (left) and his Italian colleague Speranza

The G20 countries are committed to working on global access to safe and affordable vaccines and therapies against Covid-19.

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Rom Rome seems to be a good place in the global fight against the corona pandemic: Already at the Health Summit in May, which was almost completely digital, there were firm commitments. At that time, the vaccine manufacturers rushed forward and declared that they would give their vaccines to the poorest countries at cost price.

At the meeting of the G20 health ministers, which ended on Monday evening, there are again tangible things: Germany is adding another 30 million vaccine doses to its previous commitments and will make 100 million doses available in the future. “That is as much as we ourselves have reviled up to now in our country,” said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), who had personally traveled to Rome.

On top of that, the 20 most important industrialized and emerging countries unanimously signed the “Pact of Rome”. In it, the ministers declare that vaccines against Covid-19 will be better distributed in the future.

The aim is to bring the vaccine to the poorest countries in the world, said Italy’s Minister of Health Roberto Speranza at his final press conference. Local production should also be expanded so that other countries could manufacture vaccines.

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According to Speranza, states are committed to working on global access to safe and affordable vaccines and therapies against Covid-19. At least 40 percent of the world’s population should be immunized by the end of this year.

Educate more and fight fake news

It is important to educate people and take action against fake news. Another point of the declaration: The G20 want to work more closely together to make the vaccine available to people who are fleeing or in difficult circumstances.

Central to the document is the term “One Health”, ie the approach to view human and veterinary medicine as a common system. The goal is to monitor common diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, and to protect against them.

The organization Bread for the World criticized the results of the G20 meeting. The health ministers had missed the chance to give the global vaccination campaigns a big boost, a statement said.

In Africa just three percent of the population are vaccinated twice. “This is mainly due to the fact that wealthy countries like Germany have bought far more vaccine doses than they actually need – and poorer countries have therefore missed out,” explained the organization.

Third dose planned in Italy

Organization One praised Germany’s plans. She works to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases by 2030. There will be no end to the pandemic “without global access to corona vaccines,” said Karoline Lerche from One Germany. In order for the vaccines to get to the people quickly, the federal government must explain exactly “when and how many vaccines will be available”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the goal of achieving a global vaccination rate of 70 percent by the middle of next year. While in industrialized countries like Italy more than 70 percent of the population are already fully vaccinated and the administration of the third dose of vaccine is already being discussed in September, there are countries in Africa where less than two percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

But there are also serious differences at the level of the G20 countries: in Indonesia only 23 percent of people are vaccinated, in South Africa it is only around 16 percent.
With agency material

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