“World Health”: There is no way to control the epidemic except by circulating vaccines to prevent its endemicity and the emergence of new mutations
Yesterday (Tuesday), the Italian government took a new step towards imposing compulsory vaccination on all residents, as it decided to circulate the “green passport” to workplaces, after it was imposed to use transport places for long distances and frequent public places, and announced that it would soon start distributing vaccines. In pharmacies, the validity of vaccination certificates has been extended from nine months to 12 months.
It is expected that these new measures will enter into force early next week, if Prime Minister Mario Draghi manages to overcome obstacles within the ruling coalition, as the League opposes the generalization of compulsory vaccination, and calls for the easing of coercive measures after the vaccine coverage exceeded 72 percent of the total. population.
To pave the way for the imposition of compulsory vaccination on the entire population, the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, said that the “green passport” will be granted in a first stage also to those who undergo rapid tests, and that the costs of these tests will be borne by the state in public administrations and institutions in the private sector.
The Italian minister’s statements came the day after the conclusion of the Conference of Health Ministers of the Group of Twenty, where member states unanimously adopted the “Rome Charter”, which set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 40 percent of the world’s population against “Covid-19” by the end of this year. The Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who participated in the work of the conference along with a number of international experts in public health and viral sciences, said that achieving this goal requires one billion vaccine doses and their distribution in less than four months, noting that the proportion of the world’s population who took The full course of vaccinations does not exceed 27 percent.
The Director-General of the International Organization said: “There is no way to definitively control the epidemic except by circulating vaccines to all countries of the world as soon as possible to prevent its endemicity and the emergence of new mutations. The message must be clear: No one can be abandoned, and the powerful countries are called upon to help the weak ones, now not tomorrow.
The Italian Minister of Health had made it clear that the effort to achieve this goal would not pass through suspending the effects of vaccine patents, as was demanded by some of the group’s countries and the majority of experts participating in the conference. Asharq Al-Awsat learned from reliable sources that it was Germany that strongly objected to this proposal and refused to include it in the charter as a condition for its unanimous approval.
However, WHO experts stress that the donation of vaccines by rich countries to poor countries is not enough to achieve the desired goal, and that it is necessary to speed up the transfer of knowledge and technology to developing countries to increase local production, especially in countries such as India, South Africa, Pakistan and Indonesia.
As for the direct criticism of the agreement reached by the health ministers of the Group of Twenty, it came yesterday (Tuesday), in a joint statement issued by a number of major humanitarian organizations, including Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders, expressing disappointment that the group did not take any concrete and decisive step towards Universal distribution of vaccines. “The charter, notwithstanding the declaration of intent that vaccines are international public property, has not provided any practical answer to the urgent and tragic challenges posed by the pandemic,” the statement said. The world needs immediate solutions to distribute vaccines to everyone, and not to vaccines for a small group in defense of very narrow interests.”
In the first response to these criticisms, the Italian Minister of Health, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the group this year, said that a meeting will soon be held by the group’s finance ministers to discuss practical ways to provide the necessary financial resources to help poor countries. He added: “Everyone has realized today that the world needs to always be ready to act quickly and on a comprehensive scale in order to respond to health emergencies. In the charter, we pledged to reduce the cycle of developing safe and effective vaccines, treatments and tests from 300 days to 100 days.”
In addition, the Corona virus has caused the death of at least 4,574,225 people in the world, since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse yesterday, based on the official sources. At least 221,133,570 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus since its appearance. The vast majority of those infected recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
The figures are based on daily reports issued by health authorities in each country and exclude subsequent reviews by statistical agencies that indicate much higher death numbers.
And the World Health Organization, taking into account the excess mortality rate directly or indirectly related to “Covid-19”, considers that the outcome of the epidemic may be two or three times greater than the officially announced outcome.
A large proportion of less serious cases or asymptomatic cases remain undetected despite the intensification of examinations in a large number of countries.
On Monday, 7,614 additional deaths and 463,457 new infections were recorded in the world.
Based on recent reports, the countries with the highest number of deaths in their daily tally are the United States with 959 additional deaths, Russia (795) and Iran (635). The United States is the country most affected in terms of deaths (649,426) and injuries (40,018.326), according to Johns Hopkins University figures. Followed by Brazil, with 583,810 deaths (20,899,933 injuries), India with 441,042 deaths (33,058,843 injuries), Mexico with 263,470 deaths (3,433,511 injuries) and Peru with 198.523 deaths (2,155,508 injuries).