Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard instructed reporters Tuesday that the Mexican delegation to the United Nations will file a complaint at the UN Security Council tomorrow regarding the “inequality” and “inequity” that he says impede vaccine entry.
“The countries that produce [vaccines] have higher rates of vaccination and Latin America and the Caribbean have much less,” Ebrard mentioned. “We’re going to raise it in the Security Council because it’s not fair,” he concluded.
With provides scarce, the Mexican authorities’s concern over whether or not some nations are hoarding vaccines is shared by many worldwide.
Wealthier nations just like the United States, Israel, China and the United Kingdom are at or close to the highest of the record in variety of vaccines administered to this point, whereas many poorer nations have but to provide a single dose.
“Even as vaccines bring hope to some, they become another brick in the wall of inequality between the world’s haves and have-nots,” mentioned World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in January.
“Even as they speak the language of equitable access, some countries and companies continue to prioritize bilateral deals…driving up prices and attempting to jump to the front of the queue. This is wrong,” he mentioned.
WHO officers fear that type of habits might put their equitable distribution facility, known as Covax, in jeopardy. Covax goals to distribute some 2 billion doses of the vaccine worldwide by the top of this yr, a lot of which might go to poorer nations.
Mexico’s complaint at Wednesday’s UN Security Council assembly will concentrate on Latin America and the Caribbean, a poor a part of the world significantly devastated by the pandemic.
Covax distribution has not but begun, although it introduced plans earlier this month to distribute greater than 35 million doses of vaccine throughout the area by the top of the second quarter, with the potential for extra ought to provides change into out there.
But that is a drop within the bucket of the five hundred million individuals within the area the Pan American Health Organization says want to be immunized so as to management the pandemic.