In view of the existing inequality in the distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 in the world, the Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, stressed that the regional integration organization is promoting an alternative model to the neoliberal one prevailing in the great powers, in the midst of the global health crisis.
In this regard, he recalled that ALBA-TCP “has two great moments in its constitution as a regional bloc: 1° In 2004, it was born to build a continental alternative to neoliberalism. 2° Now, from the Global South, it is building an unprecedented response to the crises of COVID-19 and multilateralism”.
The @ALBATCP has two great moments in its constitution as a regional bloc:
1° In 2004, it was born to build a continental alternative to neoliberalism.
2° Now, from the Global South, it is building an unprecedented response to the crises of COVID-19 and multilateralism. pic.twitter.com/4FU5Z0czD5
– Sacha Llorenti (@SachaLlorenti) March 31, 2021
0.1% of COVID-19 vaccines administered worldwide have gone to low-income countries, while 86% of doses have been distributed to high- and upper-middle-income countries, denounced Secretary Llorenti.
The pandemic makes it dramatically evident how the world is organized under the logic of putting capital before people.
The inequality in the distribution of vaccines is immoral, cruel and criminal.
How many lives are and will be lost in the coming weeks?
From the @ALBATCP we build a different model, an alternative to the ” everyone for themselves”.
From solidarity and complementarity, we created a humanitarian fund for the acquisition of vaccines and, also a vaccine bank that will then serve so that no one is left behind.
– Sacha Llorenti (@SachaLlorenti) April 1, 2021
In this sense, he reiterated that ALBA-TCP is building a different model, as an alternative to “save yourself if you can”, based on solidarity and complementarity, so he recalled the creation of “a humanitarian fund for the acquisition of vaccines”, by the organization, in addition to “a vaccine bank that will then serve so that no one is left behind”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that every day that passes, inequity in access to vaccines against COVID-19 is more and more notorious and reproached that developed countries, which have monopolized most of the vaccines, do little to reverse the situation.
More than a year into the pandemic and nearly four months after Europe began approving the first vaccines against the disease, the greatest obstacle to ending the health emergency around the world is the inequality in obtaining vaccines.
As this trend continues, the number of deaths and infections is rising. More than 2,800,000 people have lost their lives to the virus and the number of infections exceeds 130 million cases globally, according to the most recent count by Johns Hopkins University.