Omicron is a test for vaccine greed: will rich countries evolve and adapt?
The variant could spark a new chase for limited supplies that leads to global inequity in the rollout
The Omicron variant threatens to widen an already yawning gap in access to Covid-19 shots as scientists prepare for the possibility retooled vaccines will be needed and affluent countries race ahead once again.
Omicron is emerging just as vaccine supplies destined for lower-income nations have begun to pick up. Wealthy governments early in the pandemic locked up the biggest share of initial doses, leaving vast parts of the planet behind.
Now the goal is to avert another bout of inequity. Already, the UK is moving swiftly to secure messenger-RNA shots tailored to Omicron and other potential variants if they’re developed as part of new deals unveiled on Wednesday. The recent discovery of the variant in the US may spark similar action. ..