Coronavirus (857) Will there be fair access to coronavirus vaccines? (2)

25 July, 2020

Thanks to Julie for drawing our attention to the Washington Post article suggesting that "the Gavi initiative may allow rich countries to reinforce their own coronavirus vaccine supplies while leaving fewer doses available for more vulnerable populations." (

We have already witnessed signs of naked greed and selfishness associated with COVID-19 medication - for example, the mad dash for chloroquine, with US doctors abusing their prescribing rights to ensure that they and their friends and family were well provided for, while leaving the rest of the world to suck oranges (; the coralling of the entire global remdesivir supplies for the next three months by the US ( - and now the threat that the as-yet non-existent vaccine may also be subject to a similar selfish grab.

This is surely a cause for loud and widespread public indignation, to say the least. GAVI should be enjoined by all its member nations to allocate vaccine supplies without bias or favour, and according to transparent priorities agreed by everyone. This is not something that should be agreed behind closed doors as a result of political machinations, threats or brute force.


Chris Zielinski

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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