How rich countries are making the pandemic last longer

28 apr. 2021
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A program called Covax wants to distribute Covid-19 vaccines fairly. Is it working?
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Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the world’s richest countries poured money into the race for a vaccine. Billions of dollars, from programs like the US’s Operation Warp Speed, funded development that brought us multiple Covid-19 vaccines in record time. But it also determined where those vaccines would go. Before vaccine doses had even hit the market, places like the US and the UK had bought up nearly the entire supply.
This turns out to be an old story. In nearly every modern global health crisis, from smallpox to malaria to H1N1, rich countries have bought up vital medical supplies, making poor countries wait sometimes decades for life-saving support. It’s effectively a system in which where you live determines whether you live or die of a preventable disease. Leaving a disease like Covid-19 to spread unchecked in some places also gives it a chance to mutate -- and variants of the virus are already raising alarms. So: how do we get vaccines to countries that can’t afford them?
One solution underway is called Covax. It’s a program co-led by the World Health Organization; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; and the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Its goal is to get vaccines to lower- and middle-income countries at the same time as rich countries. So how is it supposed to do that? And will it be enough?
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  • Poorer countries might not get vaccinated until 2023, writes Julia Belluz. Read more on Vox:

    VoxVox15 dagen geleden
    • Do people need a vaccines for a virus with 99% survival rate?

      Moses MwangiMoses Mwangi12 uur geleden
    • Yeah, Let's not talk about vaccine patent waivers and how that hurts the pharma companies' bottom line .

      voko axecervoko axecerDag geleden
    • Read your bibles! Dont be ignorant to whats really going on now as prophecy is being fulfilled. Jesus is the way, truth and life!

      RRDag geleden
    • And without richer countries' outsize investment, these poor countries would be vaccinated much, much later due to the vaccine taking longer to develop.

      xandercorpxandercorpDag geleden
    • @dawnnadir Hongkong bought the vaccine with tax payer's money. Why would you ask them to donate?

      Simon MSimon M2 dagen geleden
  • I believe the Canadian Taxpayer provided 450Million to COVAX, so don't insult Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Blain ClatworthyBlain Clatworthy30 minuten geleden
  • Near end of humanity

    Damodar NaikDamodar NaikUur geleden
  • poorer countries shoulda tried harder

    Ron PattersonRon Patterson2 uur geleden
  • >Countries who fund the vaccine want to be able to get it >Countries that funded the vaccine got it No way... this is a humanitarian disaster! They should have given their fair share of vaccines to Janiqua back in Liberia!

    Dash QuinntenDash Quinnten2 uur geleden
  • With 600k Covid deaths, it's government's duty to secure vaccines for its people. As flight attendents say, wear your oxygen mask first then help others.

    Chris KimChris Kim2 uur geleden
  • How Rich people / country get rich?

    Seeloknya SebaiknyaSeeloknya Sebaiknya4 uur geleden
  • So how about I dont pay taxes to fund these places i will never go to? better yet i would fund to have those places nuked

    ryanryan4 uur geleden
  • do any of the vaccines ...actually prevent you from catching covid?

    christian doodleschristian doodles4 uur geleden
  • quick, line up to get the useless vaccine!

    NecrodeadNecrodead5 uur geleden
  • "I came from a poor place, people I'm the US and UK dont know how blessed they are" Chances are you come from a rich country that treats its people poorly. Poor leaders create poor countries.

    Sam SpringettSam Springett6 uur geleden
  • Sometimes i begin to wonder if a world where all countries were to be 1st world could possibly exist. If poor countries can't help but hope for donations and if rich countries can't help but obviously prioritize themselves first, what if all the entire world were just at the same level? Or must some countries be poor for its cheap labour and etc. Such a dilemma.

    VocaFan4everVocaFan4ever6 uur geleden
  • but rich countries basically made the vaccine i don't think is the fault of rich countries i don't think they are nust thinking on their own and i don't think that's bad is kinda greedy but this is no one is fault

    gamers55gamers557 uur geleden
  • yh and we live here talking trush of what we have and there is poorer countries that don't have nothing

    gamers55gamers557 uur geleden
  • Another middleman making all the calls, no thank you!

    Alex KananisAlex Kananis7 uur geleden
  • 5:35 I'm sorry how does COVAX drive the price for research AND development down? Less money means slower research time

    Xianhong MengXianhong Meng7 uur geleden
  • I don't get how this is a problem. Governments are accountable to, and responsible for their populations. It only makes sense that a nation would secure the health and we'll being of it's own population before turning attention abroad.

    TheShalTheShal8 uur geleden
  • Next video title, How middleman company makes million money from pandemic.

    Zin Zinussan50Zin Zinussan508 uur geleden
  • Also remember that the US didn't give a single dollar to Covax until Feburary. Trump said outright the US won't be apart of this at all. So too little too late.

    OneManArmyOneManArmy8 uur geleden
  • Unfortunately this solution will likely not work over time. The Rich countries have no incentive to use covax because they can get what they want faster though direct deals, and country’s will always try to prioritize themselves over others

    Austin BrownAustin Brown9 uur geleden
  • Fastest vax creation that’s from Trump hmmmmm

    DillonDillon10 uur geleden
  • No mentions of China and Russia anywhere who made their own vaccines.......

    shit showshit show10 uur geleden
  • Obviously the countries with the most resources are going to get the vaccine first. And it makes sense that they would want to help their citizens as soon as possible. It’s not prolonging the pandemic. If it weren’t for the wealthy countries doing this there would be no vaccine at all. So it prolongs the pandemic assuming the vaccine is made as quickly as it has been. Which is not what happens in the circumstance where the wealthy countries don’t invest early on and get in line 1st.

    Trey BugattiTrey Bugatti10 uur geleden
  • Rich countries paid up front for these vaccines, their people would lynch their own politicians if they weren't 1st in the queue. Poor countries are going to get these vaccines for free, after wealthy countries take care of their own

    Rhyno SourisRhyno Souris11 uur geleden
  • You can understand how sad is this video When you are from a poor country:(

    pishva-3 649pishva-3 64911 uur geleden
  • More generalisation. Proberly is alot of poor countries have very corrupt governments

    ciaranciaran12 uur geleden
  • human rights at its best. the rich got it first.

    lmzlmz12 uur geleden
    • @lmz Poorer nations destroy jobs in Europe & North America. The benefit is entirely one way. Poor nations gain, wealthier nations loose.

      Rhyno SourisRhyno Souris2 uur geleden
    • @Rhyno Souris wealthy nation use the poorer country as cheap labor. so they have the responsible to take care of them.

      lmzlmz4 uur geleden
    • @lmz tax money from citizens of wealthy nations

      Rhyno SourisRhyno Souris9 uur geleden
    • @Rhyno Souris its tax money.

      lmzlmz9 uur geleden
    • The rich paid for it up front. The poor will get it for free

      Rhyno SourisRhyno Souris11 uur geleden
  • Canada's 300 million doses are literally like non existing. Seriously we have a 3 to 4 month gap between doses. It's reached a point that North Dakota, Montana & Alaska are helping us get vaccinated due to being behind and having no vaccine manufacturing plant! The State of Michigan is trying to vaccinate people in Windsor due to Canada's poor vaccination efforts!

    Aria MotazediAria Motazedi13 uur geleden
  • And they said we are equal All races/countries are equal Then why they are prioritising the health of their own people That means they believe in superiority

    Sunil Marcus 2.0Sunil Marcus 2.015 uur geleden
  • 0:35 how could japan make a double 120m doses deal with just 126 million population in their country ?

    Rakha Yusuf Khansa GhaniRakha Yusuf Khansa Ghani16 uur geleden
  • Thank you for this.

    Manish PradhanManish Pradhan18 uur geleden
  • Imagine living in China where you get free vaccination from the government and you don't need to care about bad and privatization of life...

    John SpönerJohn Spöner18 uur geleden
  • Lady - bad, eyebrows moving, too soft, can't hear

    quanccquancc19 uur geleden
  • blah blah blah. rich country funded and invested the development of vaccine, but without their investment there will be no vaccine at all or at least much later. The end.

    Fat Cat DramaFat Cat Drama20 uur geleden
  • just because your busting to go to the toilet, doesn't mean you can cut infront of everyone else who has already been waiting

    Jessica VentrillonJessica Ventrillon21 uur geleden
    • You can if it's your house

      cvrči cvrčakcvrči cvrčak8 uur geleden
  • $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    ChristianChristian21 uur geleden

    Eric WuEric Wu22 uur geleden
  • To the people saying "Rich countries funded the vaccine so they should get it first", I can see why you'd think that, and it does make sense if you're looking at it in a very simplistic way, but if you look at it in a more empathetic way, it's not so simple. Rich countries are also better equipped to deal with the sickness and ensure higher rates of survival for patients. Rich countries don't have as many densely-populated slums causing high rates of infection. I think the right course of action here would have been to prioritize those most vulnerable across the whole world. So, the frontline healthcare workers, elderly people, and immunocompromised in rich countries AND poor countries get the vaccine first, because they are most at risk. And then we can move on to vaccinating young people who have lower risk of severe complications. A case could also be made for prioritizing based on population density, so if you live in a densely populated city like Hong Kong or New York, you get the vaccine first, and if you live in the suburbs where it's easier to socially distance, you get it later.

    Hexa AngelHexa Angel22 uur geleden
    • Were it not for western countries pouring billions into crash programmes for covid vaccines, there wouldn't be a vaccine for 5 or more years. A nation's priority should be its own people.

      Rhyno SourisRhyno Souris10 uur geleden
  • My country literally won’t move a muscle, not single finger, to help another country in need if there’s no incentive. American History has shown this time and time again.

    Jaiyliah CochranJaiyliah Cochran23 uur geleden
    • Yeah that's how it works with nations

      Smile GuySmile Guy12 uur geleden
  • The USA donating the most money SHOULD allow them to be at the front of the line. The USA keeps funding all these other countries, if you want that to continue, we need to keep the USA money machine going

  • It ain't a crisis for afew pulling the strings. It is an opportunity for hitting that jackpot 🤔

    Andrew Israel KazibweAndrew Israel Kazibwe23 uur geleden
  • Meanwhile these well off 1st world country kids are privileged enough to get offended by people making jokes

    Lance AnthonyLance AnthonyDag geleden
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    Eleven twentyoneEleven twentyoneDag geleden
  • Be grateful. If it wasn't for these rich countries you so disdain there would be no vaccine. And all your pitiful nations would dissolve.

    Chris NelsonChris NelsonDag geleden
    • @Chris Nelson Rich countries are buying enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone twice or even thrice, there are more than enough to share. plus if a new variant is created it could not only make tge vaccines obsolete it could have a higher death rate which would make things even worse

      Emerald StixEmerald Stix12 uur geleden
    • @Emerald Stix only so many vaccines to go around. Might as well go to the ones that are paying for it's creation first. Otherwise why would most countries bother funding it when budgets everywhere are tight.

      Chris NelsonChris Nelson20 uur geleden
    • Giving it to poorer nations saves lives and potentially money as well so whats the point in not giving?

      Emerald StixEmerald Stix21 uur geleden
  • Health is a global concern - those who don't get that are not as smart as viruses.

    spikything.comspikything.comDag geleden
  • "I need to go to the toilet." - Me

    Don DiploDon DiploDag geleden
  • By design. Only the rich, the young and the healthy will survive. Vaccinated or not. The powers that be have decided who lives and who dies!

    Kris TiggerKris TiggerDag geleden
  • nationalise pharmacuticals

    Robert MichaelsRobert MichaelsDag geleden
  • I mean, it makes sense? Like everything costs money.

    DickPaysDickPaysDag geleden
  • How trying this: buy two bottles of vaccines then get a third bottle free BUT instead getting the third bottle for free it goes to a low income/,poor country. If enough front of the liners do this then the back of the liners can benefit.

    savalossavalosDag geleden
  • Don't just assume that if you live in a richer country you will get the vaccine earlier. The oldest people where i live are supposed to get the vaccine earlier, but good luck if you live in a rural area. Gotta get those votes!

    Vetar 33Vetar 33Dag geleden
  • well this is might going to bite us on the back, rich countries maybe able to vaccinate their people but if even the middle-income countries weren't able to vaccinate their people at the same time or close as those richer countries, the virus would mutate and resist the vaccine which could affect the rich and poor countries and the pandemic vaccination cycle would never end

    muhammad dhenis kusuma adjimuhammad dhenis kusuma adjiDag geleden
  • What about countries like India. They are poor and they have bad hygiene.

    AquafreshAquafreshDag geleden
  • The US even donated the most to covax. the US is just expected to pay for everything in 21st century I guess. If you donate the most, you should get say in the distribution.

    randomnamerandomnameDag geleden
  • So I have to trust my government to not be corrupt, trust the drug companies to not be corrupt, and now also trust a third-party middleman to not be corrupt? And this is the best solution so far?

    GODGODDag geleden
  • serbia is pretty good with vacines

    MarkoMarkoDag geleden
  • If rich countries wouldn't get vaccines firstly, why would they fund it as aggressively as they did?

    valkoinen heteromiesvalkoinen heteromiesDag geleden
  • People who live in America or other rich countries are so lucky and rest of us are doomed

    Old KSI VideosOld KSI VideosDag geleden
  • yeah lets mention Covax and not mention the fact that it was a EU initiative... by saying "rich countries" it seems like EVERY rich county has behaved in the same way - while it is just not true

    Simone GhezziSimone GhezziDag geleden
  • Pretty sure the rich countries are the reason we have multiple vaccines. We gotta stop blaming people just on the basis of economic status

    Jade bylundJade bylundDag geleden
  • So to summarize: being Rich has advantages when you want to acquire scarce items. This is not a suprise.

    Douglas Duncan PickardDouglas Duncan PickardDag geleden
  • Hasn’t the US pledged to donate their vaccines to other poorer countries though?

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    • Did they?

      Old KSI VideosOld KSI VideosDag geleden
  • we all saw this coming. We live in a world where money is above human lives. I am both blessed and vary cursed to live in the united states. If only covax was made before the pandemic by insight but its better then the system we do now

    Hand SonHand SonDag geleden
  • ☝️👍💐

    Venkat Ramana KoduriVenkat Ramana KoduriDag geleden
  • I live in Finland and our prime minister just stated that we have sovereignty. I believe it less if it has to be stated.

    Blayas BlayBlayas BlayDag geleden
  • Also my country is sending 150 thousand vaccination aid to Libya while it has not vaccinated its own citizens.

    cakecakeDag geleden
  • Yo ya estoy vacunado, aguante Uruguay y aguante el cuquito lpqmp

    JJ TorresJJ TorresDag geleden
  • these are just some nice words saying slow everything down and add more people in the middle to bribe. if the rich dont get it first they have no incentive to invest. then no one gets it.

    k1e1v1i1nk1e1v1i1nDag geleden
  • The title says "How rich countries are making the pandemic last longer" the actual outcome of the video "How rich countries have paid for the vaccine"

    JetDoesJetDoesDag geleden
  • The premise is false. Vaccines wouldn't be here by now if rich countries didn't invest. Covax is just a glorified name for another middleman trying to make a quick buck from "fairness".

    Rotem OvadiaRotem OvadiaDag geleden
  • I love in a developing country and still hasn’t got my vaccine yet. I don’t even know if I will get one this year.

    Handy ManHandy ManDag geleden
  • Do people not realise that without these investments there wouldn't even be this many vaccines in the first place?

    Kurosaki IchigoKurosaki IchigoDag geleden
  • The thing is. Every rich country wants to help developing countries, but the citizens of a wealthy country will always be prioritized over the people in developing countries. That goes for everything, even climate change. Yes, we share a world, but it's split into borders.

    VCR ThunderVCR ThunderDag geleden
  • Guys i have a great idea. We should not vaccinate our population and send all the vaccines we bought to poor countries and vaccinate their whole population.

    Kuntal GhoshKuntal GhoshDag geleden
  • Good video ! Keep it up !

    lukis pukishlukis pukishDag geleden
  • Viva o Butatã!!

    Eloísa A PEloísa A PDag geleden
  • But if you're gonna close bussinesses and slow down economy of rich countries, youre not gonna solve the problem with giving vaccines to poor countries and delay the return of bussinesses in the rich ones and generating more money you can distribute . So it's perfectly fair for rich countries to fund and then get vaccines and because we're not selfish we are then helping the poor countries, but we can't do that before we help ourselves first. It's almost literally the same thing like making sure you have working oxygen mask before your children, so you're sure you can easily help them and won't struggle.

    PentachuPentachuDag geleden
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    Bb ABb ADag geleden
  • Ok, let's blame rich countries for helping their citizens instead of citizens of poor countries. I don't see any reason to do so. Btw, I live in a poor country.

    Dmytro SavchukDmytro SavchukDag geleden
  • we may be rich but it because our ancestor did a better job

    CrOnOsCrOnOsDag geleden
  • It's all true, but unfortunately, Brazil for instance had several proposes and resources to buy vaccine, the collapse in Brazil was a project of the negationist president Bolsonaro, who bought instead enough hydroxichloroquine to last for decades. 😤😤

    Felipe PetilloFelipe PetilloDag geleden
  • xdd always blaming the rich

    eikeksimimeäeikeksimimeäDag geleden
  • This is by far the worst thought out vox video I have saw for a very long time.

    Jack HendersonJack HendersonDag geleden
  • Rich countries have the highest death rates by far. Of course they should get the vaccines first. Medical care should be given to the one who is most in need. This is fundamental in medicine.

    RosegoldCrobatRosegoldCrobatDag geleden
  • Giving vacines to corrupted countries is wasting of vacines. Who should get vacines have to be determined by wealthy countries.

    HinFai LauHinFai LauDag geleden
  • Or maybe pollution in poor countries are causing it to last longer because they're respiratory systems aren't as good. Meaning their autoimmune systems are weaker.

    SikConVicTioNSikConVicTioNDag geleden
  • Just because 'rich' countries are buying vaccines doesn't mean there is less total vaccines available, I really don't get the whole argument...

    Lorenzo FalorniLorenzo FalorniDag geleden
  • Yea we already know this would happen.

    Vintage tearsVintage tearsDag geleden
  • This video should be renamed "Vox finds a way to blame rich countries from funding multiple vaccines by paying not once, but twice, for multiple times over the doses they need for their countries".

    xandercorpxandercorpDag geleden
  • India has a space program but does not have medical industry? Interesting...

    Данило КомненићДанило КомненићDag geleden
    • It has bro, but it just collapsed

      tall guytall guyDag geleden
  • Vox has become really lazy in their journalism. Rich countries are economically incentivized to end their pandemics in domestic markets as fast as possible.

    Jan SobotkaJan SobotkaDag geleden
  • 8:11 our system is working really well, over 200 MILLION doses given out in the US to its people by April 2021, that’s pretty well oiled...

    Ryan MulloyRyan MulloyDag geleden
  • this title is so wrong! without the wealthier countries’ funding, we wouldn’t have the vaccine, think about it for a minute...

    Ryan MulloyRyan MulloyDag geleden
  • 4:49 200 countries don’t exist...

    Ryan MulloyRyan MulloyDag geleden
  • I love how people can say a country payed money to speed up research and then say they are causing the pandemic to last longer in the same sales pitch. They then give examples of bilateral deals which have a broad diversity between pharmacy companies to say they need to pool their funds so it's a greater diversity of pharmacy companies. Not to mention the pharmacy companies are pumping out vaccines as fast as they can but somehow will pump it out faster when they pool the money and give half to poor countries.

    Chris LaBountyChris LaBountyDag geleden

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  • Those poorer countries could buy Sputnik V

    TFiPWTFiPWDag geleden
  • so your country made some bad decisions in the past/present that has made your country into an underdeveloped country, and suddenly that is all the developed countries problem, seriously even developed countries has their share of problems to deal with, so let us do us and you do you, it's not our problem or responsibility to fix your problems, if you weren't smart enough to plan ahead, then doom on you.

    Ponk 80Ponk 80Dag geleden
  • Where is china man , you have forgot of china or what?

    Carlos LeeCarlos LeeDag geleden
  • Oh look, more racist virtue signalling from Vox....... Imagine my surprise.

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