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ED: Only by ensuring vaccine equity can we end this pandemic

  • Published at 09:46 pm September 18th, 2021

One of the most glaring injustices we are seeing currently is the sheer disparity of vaccine availability

It seems things are moving in the right direction once again in Bangladesh, with daily deaths from Covid dropping below 50 and most importantly, daily infection rates now consistently in the single digits.

However, we have been here before, with this sense of complacency setting in. A lax attitude now could result in a collective failure to prepare for future waves of Covid-19, once again debilitating the entire country.

This has not just been a national issue for Bangladesh but a global one, and it is no wonder that the WHO continues to stress on preparedness -- not just for the present, but for the future as well.

One of the most glaring injustices we are seeing currently is the sheer disparity of vaccine availability, with vaccinated numbers for plenty of poorer nations -- Bangladesh included -- being nowhere near the percentage required to even think about herd immunity.

This disparity is particularly egregious when considering the vaccination stats of many African nations, while in many development nations, many have already received their third shots of the vaccine.

This lack of equity is nothing but a crying shame -- if global leaders truly believe that this is a globalized world, and that this Covid-19 pandemic is indeed a global phenomenon, the onus falls on these world leaders to ensure that poorer nations are not left behind in their own fight against Covid.

As has been mentioned time and time again, vaccination remains the number one option for the world to see itself get rid of this pandemic for good, and only by ensuring that everyone across the globe, and not just the privileged nations, receive Covid vaccines will we ever be successful.

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