The EU and China pledged to help poor countries affected by the pandemic. While Brussels promises to donate 100 million doses of vaccine this year, China will help $ 3 billion. Ankara and Berlin also announced that they will donate vaccines.
While the Corona virus epidemic continues to die in the world, developed countries and global powers have almost competed with each other to help countries where the impact of the pandemic was not broken. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU plans to donate 100 million doses of vaccine to countries in need by the end of this year, at the Global Health Summit hosted by the G20 term president Italy on Friday, online. With another decision, EU countries had previously planned to provide at least 100 million doses of corona vaccine for underdeveloped and developing countries by the end of the year.
China, which continued its economic growth during the epidemic period, also promised financial aid to countries in difficulty due to the pandemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who attended the summit via video conferencing, declared that they will provide three billion dollars more financial support to contribute to the recovery of underdeveloped or developing countries negatively affected by the corona pandemic in the next three years.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his video message sent to the Global Health Summit, stated that “they send various items of medical devices and equipment, including domestic respiratory devices to 158 countries and 12 international organizations.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “As soon as it is ready, we will offer our local vaccine to the benefit of all humanity, together with our citizens. We support the efforts of multilateral financial institutions and initiatives to achieve fair access to vaccines, “he said.
Underdeveloped or developing countries complain that industrial countries primarily produce vaccines for their domestic markets, therefore they do not get enough support from them. The World Health Organization (WHO) evaluates this situation as “a catastrophic moral failure”. Samira Asma, acting WHO Director, explained that they are concerned about the death of six to eight million people worldwide due to the corona. According to current official figures, this number is around 3.5 million. However, it is stated that the unofficial numbers are twice or three times as high.
Vaccine producing countries, on the other hand, continue their exports. The United States of America (USA), which initially focused entirely on vaccination of its own people, had largely banned the export of vaccines. However, this practice started to be loosened when enough vaccine stocks were provided in the country, which vaccinated the majority of its population. US President Joe Biden announced that millions of doses of vaccine will be exported.
EU Commission President von der Leyen announced that 220 million doses of vaccine produced in the EU so far have been exported to countries outside the Union. President of China, Shiite, stated that his country has exported 300 million doses of vaccine so far. In the video message he sent to the Health Summit, the Chinese leader said, “The biggest problem at the moment is the unequal vaccination rate in the world” and underlined the need to fight against all kinds of “Vaccine nationalism”.
On the other hand, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas accused Russia and China of implementing “vaccine diplomacy”, claiming that these countries, unlike the EU, associate the vaccine supply with political demands.