Bazelon: We need them!
Ezike: Law. However, I think there is a possible problem with the long-term care population. Many of these people may still die for other reasons, but then the conclusion might be, “Grandma got the vaccine and died in the next week.” These are elderly people with comorbidities and their death coincides with time after vaccination but is not caused by the vaccine. However, I think this is going to be confusing for a lot of people. If health care workers get vaccinated and survive, people can gain the confidence to say, “OK, I’m ready now. I stand in line. “I think there will be this big push in the end when people say,” So far, so good. “
What about the rest of the world?
Gonsalves: If you follow Peter’s age-based utilitarianism, we should prioritize immunizing the people of the global south. Most of the young people on this planet live there.
Singer: I totally agree. Getting vaccines to the global south should be a very high priority.
Gonsalves: However, for now, most vaccinations are given in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Canada. The People’s Vaccine Alliance, which includes Amnesty International and Oxfam, just released a report that says that in 70 lower-income countries, only 1 in 10 people will have access to the vaccine by 2021. We are setting up some sort of medical apartheid in the next few months and even a few years where the virus will be under control in the US, Europe and some other places, but if you come from another country with no proof of immunity and trying to get a student visa to the US, good luck.
Ezike: Think more globally when I think of Nigeria, my father’s birthplace – access to vaccines, access to tests, all of that is limited there. We are not seeing a significant number of deaths in Nigeria and that is a godsend. But if broadcast were widespread, considering how many Nigerians travel overseas, there would be serious repercussions across national borders.
Bazelon: The rich countries seem to be planning to hoard vaccines. The European Union has ordered enough to immunize its residents twice. The UK and United States could each vaccinate four times if the supplies they set up are delivered, and Canada six times, according to a New York Times analysis of data on vaccination contracts. The World Health Organization and others have led an international initiative called Covax, which is providing a billion doses to less wealthy countries. But that’s not enough for a fair distribution.
Gonsalves: Here we go again, right? I mean, I am an epidemiologist. I am also an AIDS activist. And in 1996 a highly active antiretroviral therapy came out, and where did it go? It went to the industrialized north. And within a few years everyone around the world has been asking for it.
Mukherjee: Companies in India manufacture hundreds of millions of doses of Covid vaccines. China and Russia also have vaccines. However, we don’t know if any of these vaccines were tested with the same accuracy as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. For me, this is the most unfortunate thing about vaccine testing that has happened by far. The only data we have on the Chinese vaccine is from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and we don’t know its effectiveness. They say it’s 86 percent; We don’t know real numbers. The Russian vaccine also released very little information. Then there is the AstraZeneca vaccine which has had data problems.