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Vaccination? Yes please – but who is going to get it first?
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Vaccination? Yes please – but who is going to get it first?

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We have definitely moved to a new level in our war against Covid-19

The way the news has shifted in recent days over who is actually going to get their vaccinations is startling. The action of the EU on Friday trying to “secure their position” was extraordinary and has done them no good at all. It is a good job that they backed down.

It is quite understandable that the WHO says that the pandemic will go on until the world is safe but it is no good expecting the world to be too altruistic – governments have a duty to look after their own. What we are beginning to see is the wealthy countries beginning to squabble over available resources for themselves, at the same time ordering quantities of vaccine over and above what they will ultimately require.

The UK government has shown a shift in policy in recent months over foreign aid. This has come about because there is a lot of objection within the country that substantial amounts of money are given to other countries, even countries like India who are well enough off to have their own nuclear capability, and that when many of our own citizens are so poor that they are having to rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families. It does seem incongruous to be looking after complete strangers while we have suffering on our own streets. Sadly it is a theme which we hear all too often.

The same principle is going to apply to vaccines. Do we look after our own first and then show our altruism to other countries like those in Africa who clearly do not have the infrastructure to be able to produce their own? I am reminded of the notice on aircraft which tells you to put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help others – if you do not you will end up helping neither them nor yourself. From the point of view of the government, putting aside the purely selfish approach of “we want to give it to our own people first”, there is a considerable logic in making ourselves fit so that we are then in a position to help others.

Of course as tax payers we are entitled to expect our country’s funds to be expended on ourselves in times of need.

What everyone must be agreed upon is that it is important to combat and defeat this heinous disease at the earliest possible time by the best means at our disposal. And of course we are all after a bargain if we can get one.

Adrian Leopard 31-01-21

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