South Africa is by far the African continents hardest hit nation by covid-19
with more than 1.4 million cases and over 41,000 deaths
according to official country data.
Curbing the pandemic will require more vaccines for South Africa and other developing nations
says president Cyril Ramaphosa.
He told the World Economic Forum Tuesday.
"Hes concerned that vaccines are being hoarded."
We need those who have hoarded the vaccines to release the vaccines
so that other countries can can have them.
Ramaposo went on to accuse rich countries of acquiring more vaccines than they need.
Something that will hurt global recovery efforts, he says,
and some countries have even gone beyond
and acquired up to four times what their population needs
and that was aimed at hoarding these vaccines
and now this is being done to the exclusion of countries of other countries in the world
that most need this.
Earlier in January the World Health Organization warned
the so-called vaccine nationalism will cause an economic and moral catastrophe.
The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure.
A point echoed by the head of the international chamber of commerce
who said Monday
the unequal distribution of vaccines could cause more than 9 trillion dollars of damage to the global economy.
Japan can frankly do more.
Canada can do more.
Australia can do more.
The constituent members of the European Union must do more as well.
Western nations including Britain Canada Germany Italy and Sweden
have jointly pledged nearly one billion dollars to COVAX
An initiative by the World Health Organization to ensure poor countries get affordable vaccines.
The Biden administration recently announced the U.S will also participate in the global initiative.
On Friday Pfizer committed to providing about 40 million doses of its covid-19 vaccine to COVAX this year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the World Economic Forum
a broad response is needed.
It has become even clearer to me than it was before
that we need to choose a multilateral approach.
Merkel said a self-isolating approach wont solve a global pandemic.