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Rich countries’ vaccine success puts rest of world in even more danger

As vaccine-hogging nations conquer Covid, they could easily forget the need to help Third World also fight pandemic

James Paton

Mass vaccinations, falling case counts and waning coronavirus deaths in a few wealthy countries threaten to obscure ongoing worldwide suffering from the pandemic that’s likely to last for months and perhaps years to come.

That’s Carl Bildt’s worry as the new special envoy to the World Health Organisation-backed effort set up last year to dispatch vaccines and other weapons against Covid-19. Suppressing the virus that’s advancing in India and beyond depends on persuading rich nations to share excess doses and help close a $19bn funding gap, Bildt said in an interview.

An independent review of the international Covid-19 response echoed Bildt’s concerns on Wednesday, calling for Group of Seven countries to commit 60% of the money needed this year. The report urged high-income nations to provide more than two billion doses to poorer regions by the middle of 2022...

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