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The US media accused the government of hoarding vaccines. Biden defended: What about South Africa’s refusal of the facts? | Blog Post

As of November 30, the new variant of the new crown pneumonia virus Omicron has “invaded” about 20 countries and regions around the world. In this context, the United States, which has long been pursuing vaccine “nationalism”, has once again become the target of rhetoric and criticism by experts and the media.

“Washington Post” said on Monday that the United States has recently been accused of hoarding vaccines again, which has damaged the interests of South Africa and other low- and middle-income countries. According to media reports such as the US “Capitol Hill”, experts have been urging rich countries such as the United States to take more actions to help people from all over the world get vaccinated for several months. However, Western countries represented by the United States began to “rush to order” a variety of vaccines last year when the vaccine was still in the research and development stage. In June of this year, the total number of vaccines stockpiled in the United States far exceeded domestic demand.

Biden denies that the United States is hoarding vaccines.

In response to the latest accusations, US President Biden denied that the United States is hoarding vaccines, leaving South Africa and other low- and middle-income countries without injections. The guidelines have only recently declined the suggestion of the United States to provide additional vaccines. In this regard, the “Washington Post” stated that the facts are far more complicated than Biden said.

First of all, the vaccination campaign in South Africa started half a year later than the United States and other Western countries, because it is difficult for South Africa to compete with countries such as the United States and Canada that have already pre-ordered vaccines.

The New York Times said that as Western countries control the global supply of new crown vaccines, African countries have always been unable to obtain or afford vaccination. In wealthy countries such as France and Japan, more than 75% of the population has been given at least one dose of the vaccine. The Acting Minister of South Africa’s Ministry of Health, Crisp, stated that only about 16.5 million people in South Africa’s population of 60 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, accounting for about 28%. Already one of the highest vaccination rates on the African continent.

South Africa has a low vaccination rate. The picture shows South African Minister of Health Mkize vaccinated in February.

South Africa has a low vaccination rate. The picture shows South African Minister of Health Mkize vaccinated in February.

Although the United States promised to donate vaccines to the United Nations “Covid-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan” (COVAX), it was slow to act. According to the Associated Press, when the vaccine donation was first announced, the Biden administration promised that the United States would donate 500 million doses of vaccine by June 2022. Washington also stated that it will donate 200 million doses of vaccine by the end of 2021. So far, the United States has only donated 275 million doses of vaccines. There is a view that insufficient vaccine donations are evidence that rich countries are hoarding vaccines.

According to Oxford University’s database “Data to Watch the World”, rich western countries promised to provide 1.7 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income countries by the end of September next year, but only 14% of them have arrived.

In addition to the slow arrival of vaccines, some experts pointed out that people’s suspicion or disinterest in vaccines, as well as some structural obstacles, such as people’s inability to afford the cost of going to vaccination sites, are important reasons for the low vaccination rates in many African countries. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals also stated that of the eight African countries that have been issued travel bans by the United States, five have requested the company to suspend the delivery of needles in the past few months because of “challenges” in vaccination. Among them, how to let African countries lack cold chain storage and transportation equipment to vaccinate the people before the vaccine expires is a big problem.

It is understood that the vaccine developed by Modena and Pfizer in the United States requires deep refrigeration. The vaccine developed by Modena requires a storage temperature of -20°C; the vaccine developed by Pfizer can be stored for six months in an ultra-low temperature freezer, and can be stored for 15 days in a special insulated transport box with dry ice. It can only be stored for 5 days in the refrigerator at 2-8°C in the hospital.

The Kexing vaccine developed in China can be stored and transported at 2-8°C. Experts say that China’s vaccine can reach the rural grassroots and reach the vast number of developing countries. There is no need to buy an ultra-low temperature refrigerator, and there is no need to prepare an ultra-low temperature cold chain transportation vehicle. Experts point out that China’s global supply of vaccines is more reasonable, and China’s vaccines are universal.

Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation by video.

Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation by video.

In addition, it is in sharp contrast with the United States and other Western countries. China has provided 1.2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine and stock solutions to more than 100 countries and international organizations. The COVID-19 vaccine production projects in cooperation with China are also connected in many countries such as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Algeria. Put into production. On October 29, at the opening ceremony of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, President Xi Jinping announced that another 1 billion doses of vaccine will be provided to African countries, of which 600 million doses will be free aid. The remaining 400 million doses will be provided through joint production by Chinese companies and African countries.

According to statistics, China has sold 136 million doses of vaccine to Africa and pledged 19 million doses.

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