The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has proven its efficiency by evolving into a strain that is more contagious and, some say, more formidable than the original.
The law of natural selection that benefited humans into becoming an intelligent being is now being exploited by the microbe to mutate quickly into a more devastating beast.
Now it is up to the only intelligent being known in the universe to come together and overcome the threat.
The only element missing is the sense of solidarity from those that have the capability to end the scourge in terms of resources.
A World Economic Forum survey said globally more than 80 percent of the biggest nations of the world wanted to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Such universal willingness means that, assuming that the volume of vaccines developed is enough, the world would see the end of the plague the soonest, since, based on scientific studies, it would require between 70 percent and 85 percent of a population to be vaccinated for herd immunity to be achieved.
Reality, however, proved that the basic instinct of survival had clouded rationality in that the supply of the cure has been cornered by rich nations while the rest of the world is left out.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) ACT Accelerator, which has global public health agencies as partners and is the proponent of the COVAX Facility that aims to evenly distribute the vaccines, also appears flagging from lack of support
Failure of the global initiative would be fatal to the campaign to defeat the virus.
WHO noted three seeming contradictions that point to human frailty:
• Covid-19 vaccines are now available, but face acute supply constraints;
• Virus variants are emerging with increasingly concerning characteristics; and
• Despite valuable support from governments, regulators, manufacturers and other stakeholders, there has been insufficient investment in global solutions to scale Covid-19 tools.
WHO said a total requirement of $38.1 billion is needed to fund the global alliance.
“Despite generous donor contributions amounting to $11.0 billion to date, ACT Accelerator continues to require an additional $22.1 billion in 2021 to deliver on its full promise, and fund its vital work to deliver over two billion doses of vaccines, 900 million tests and up to 100 million of new treatment courses,” WHO indicated.
It would be an effort in futility if the First World goes on their own and provides token assistance to poor nations.
In January 2021, a study commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce demonstrated that even with strong vaccine coverage in high-income countries, inequitable access to Covid-19 tools elsewhere would cost high-income economies an additional $2.4 trillion in 2021 alone.
Investing in the global effort to eradicate the pathogen dwarfs the potential multiplier benefits of domestic fiscal support investments, WHO said.
If transmission is uncontrolled anywhere in the world, it remains a threat to everyone everywhere in the world, WHO added.
WHO termed the current global situation in which a more potent virus had spread as a critical phase of the battle, which only a global action can quickly end.
It is up to the human race, even for once, to put their God-given intelligence into good use.
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