The world has too many coronary vaccines – doses can be thrown in the trash – News, Medicine, Politics and Economics, Public Health

Published: 2022-04-16 – 11.43

Richard Bergström is Sweden’s vaccine coordinator and also the person who organizes Norway’s access to vaccines through the EU. Now the world’s countries – poor and rich – have more than enough vaccines, he told TV 2.

– It’s a paradox. We have an image in the media and among our politicians that there are very many countries in the world that don’t have access to a vaccine, but that’s not the case now, says Bergström.

– Until now, we have managed to donate everything because the need for vaccines is huge all over the world. In principle, we do not waste any doses. But now there is a risk that some doses will be discarded, he said.

The vaccine coordinator said that it was completely unrealistic for the world to reach the target of 70 percent of the world’s population being vaccinated by mid-2022.

Bergström and the Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, John-Arne Røttingen, point out three reasons why countries may not receive more doses:

In countries such as Norway, vaccine coverage is high, in some countries, for example in Eastern Europe, not enough people will be vaccinated and in others, such as sub-Saharan Africa, they do not have the capacity to store more doses or the personnel to administer the vaccine. administering vaccines.

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