UK to ‘Rack Up’ Up to 210 Million Doses of Covid Vaccine, Research Finds | Vaccines and vaccination
The UK is set to ‘bank’ up to 210 million spare coronavirus vaccines by the end of the year, research shows, as ministers have been accused of letting countries have them. poorer “to fight for leftovers”.
Pressure is mounting on the government to do more to help countries where a tiny proportion of their population has had a first-time hit as the UK opposes a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights for vaccines Covid-19 which would allow more companies abroad to manufacture the dose themselves.
Around 467 million jabs are expected to be delivered to the UK by the end of 2021, according to data from life science analysis firm Airfinity. However, only 256.6 million jabs will be needed to meet the expected demand for immunization of all over 16s and to give a booster dose to the most vulnerable in the fall.
Given that the average level of participation of adults who received a first and second dose is just over 80%, if the same level were maintained for those eligible accepting all the doses offered to them this year, this would leave a surplus of 210 m vaccines. Even if the take-up was 100%, the figure would be 186 million.
These leftover shots would help immunize the estimated 211 million people living in the world’s 10 least vaccinated countries, said campaign group Global Justice Now, which gathered the numbers.
Nick Dearden, director of the organization, told The Guardian it was an “insult to the thousands of people who die every day” that the UK is offering third doses and preparing to vaccinate adolescents while countries in low and middle income had to “fight for the leftovers”.
He said the problem was compounded by UK efforts to “obstruct” a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to coronavirus vaccines. The offer was lodged with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in October 2020 by India and South Africa – and has since been backed by countries like the United States, France and Italy .