Inequality in COVID vaccines’ distribution has deepened sharp contrast between the rich and poor nations: Amnesty International

London, April 7 2021: The world’s richer economies have failed the test of global solidarity and cooperation by hoarding vaccines. Amnesty International accused China and others of exploiting the pandemic to undermine human rights.

In its annual report, the campaigning rights organisation said the health crisis had exposed “broken” policies and that cooperation was the only way forward. The pandemic has cast a harsh light on the world’s inability to cooperate effectively and equitably.

Agnes Callamard, Amnesty’s secretary general said, “The richest countries have effected a near-monopoly of the world’s supply of vaccines, leaving countries with the fewest resources to face the worst health and human rights outcomes.” Amnesty also criticized the decision by former US president Donald Trump to withdraw Washington from the World Health Organization in the midst of the pandemic.

Amnesty has called for an immediate acceleration of the global vaccine rollout, calling the inoculation campaign a most fundamental, even rudimentary, test of the world’s capacity for cooperation.

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