Gordon Brown states that Covid Omicron’s variant is “no surprise” as rich countries ‘hoard vaccines.


Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, stated that the UK’s inability to provide more vaccines to less-developed countries would result in the UK not being able to do so. “come back to haunt our own country”

As rich nations, it is not surprising that the Omicron Covid-19 variation has emerged. “hoard”Gordon Brown said that vaccines are necessary.

Former Prime Minister said that the lack of vaccines in poorer nations was responsible for the creation of new coronavirus varieties.

Following the discovery of the new variant, the UK had placed six countries, including South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho as well as Eswatini and Zimbabwe, on its red travel list.

Quarantine will be required for anyone returning from these countries to the UK.

Brown stated that health leaders had provided the Government with advice. “repeated warnings”Lack of vaccines for countries that are less wealthy could lead to new variants.

Brown, writing for the Guardian, said: “In the absence of mass vaccination, Covid is not only spreading uninhibited among unprotected people but is mutating, with new variants emerging out of the poorest countries and now threatening to unleash themselves on even fully vaccinated people in the richest countries in the world.”

Only 6% of Africans have been fully immunized against Covid-19, and millions of vulnerable people and health workers have not received a single dose.

These conditions can increase the spread of virus, giving it more chances to become a dangerous variant.

Brown wrote: “The figure exceeds 60% in both high-income countries and upper-middle-income countries. Every day, for every vaccine delivered as first vaccine in the poorest countries, six times as many doses are being administered as third and booster vaccines in the richest parts of the world.”

BBC Newsnight’s Brown claimed that the UK’s inability of delivering 100 million vaccines to which it has donated 11% so far, is an indication of its failure to do so. “probably the biggest international public policy failure of our times”.

He also stated that the decision will be made. “come back to haunt our own country”I said: “The problem is there are enough vaccines to go around.

“There will be 12 billion vaccines available by the end, which is enough for the entire world to be vaccinated. They are distributed unevenly.

“We have set aside vaccines for boosters and young people and there are still spare vaccines for other countries.

“By denying people in many countries the opportunity to receive the vaccines, we are denying them the chance of survival from the virus.”

His thoughts were echoed by Dr Osman Dar, project director at One Health Project, who said: “It is not surprising that a new Covid-19 variant has emerged with all its many mutations.

“What it highlights are the continuing and fundamental risks to everyone associated with not seriously addressing the inequalities still at play globally in the fight against disease and poor health.”

He said that the travel ban had been lifted. “economically penalised, socially ostracised and socio-politically stigmatised”The red list countries even though they had the “right thing through their timely reporting and sharing of the variant’s genetic data”.

Dr Dar added: “What’s necessary, to limit the negative socio-economic impacts of these restrictive measures on trade and travel, is to have a sufficiently resourced global regime in place.

“This fund should be used to support countries that report new variants due to the severe financial and social hardships which then follow – a disaster/pandemic fund specifically designed around the effects of travel and trade restrictions.

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