Pandemics – There is no “normal” to go back to

“To get a better understanding of the problems with vaccine access, I spoke to Tayyiaba Farooq, who is the project manager of the Free the Vaccine Campaign, an international collective of volunteers who are making the case for making vaccines available for everyone. “The main issue in such a disparity in vaccine access is due to the fact that lower and middle-income countries (LMICs) are effectively-stocked out getting access to a supply.” she explained to me. “Since higher-income countries have bought up all of the vaccine supply, LMICs are left last in line to get access to the vaccines. This is due to the fact that many of these countries are able to afford to buy up large supplies of vaccine stock, a capability that many countries do not have. This leaves LMICs relying on alternative vaccines, and global aid through forms such as COVAX that still end up falling short of need”.

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