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Empty promises and hot air: The West’s dismal failure to deliver on its pledges of giving vaccines to the developing world

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This week in Britain arguments have been raging about booster shots for over-50s and whether children aged between 12-15 should be vaccinated. Medical experts are divided on what the data is telling them about the impact of vaccination of children will have on the country’s Covid-19 situation.

It’s a positive move by the government and the experts to actually go through pros and cons of these actions properly, thinking through the health and social benefits. And with the children, thinking through how consent works – is it for the child to decide whether it gets the jab or its parents?

To deliver on these additional vaccinations, the government will have to find hundreds of millions of pounds more to pay for them.

This is all fine, if you are British. But what I wish we were urgently arguing about is – despite our earlier, earnest promises – how little we in the West are showing solidarity with other countries who do not have our resources.

We rich countries promised the world’s poor nations would be given hundreds of millions vaccines and we have largely delivered… injections of hot air.

In February this year, Boris Johnson pledged at the G7 meeting to donate most of the UK's surplus vaccine supply to poorer countries. And Foreign Office minister James Cleverly, commenting on French President Macron’s suggestion of sending up to 5% of vaccine stocks to........

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