EIt’s far from over. How then: Many people are taking too long to vaccinate, others feel disadvantaged, and still others associate easing debates with uncertain prospects for relief for those willing to vaccinate. And over everything hangs the shadow of new virus variants. This does not even list all the construction sites of the pandemic policy. Covid apartheid and vaccination nationalism are catchwords with which new struggles for justice are being fought. So far these have mainly taken place on the Internet, but the heated mood will certainly be carried into the New Year and into society.
Health initiatives, the World Health Organization and almost every country in the world started the “Covax” project very early on. Anticipating distribution conflicts, a balance should be sought between countries that can afford the vaccines and others that lack the resources for them. But the money hoped for by the wealthy half, who make up less than a fifth of the world’s population, did not come close to starting the vaccination. So far, the solidarity is enough for seven hundred million vaccinations in poor countries.
If things continued at this pace, many of these countries would not get the vaccines until 2022 at the earliest – provided that the targeted candidates are all successful in the clinical tests in the end and distribution is ensured. But nothing is certain. The tests have already failed, there will also be many delivery failures, and there is a lack of transparency and the greatest uncertainty with regard to the Russian or Chinese announcements.
Who wants to prevent vaccine surpluses or sales from influencing other countries? Covax needs backing and planning security. If you only take care of the construction site in your own house, you overlook the decisive factors. As long as the virus is rampant somewhere in the world, setbacks – even with Corona variants – can hardly be ruled out.