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Rwanda’s Kagame criticizes ‘hypocrisy’ in Covid-19 vaccine supply

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has criticized what he calls “hypocrisy and double standards” in the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that deals between rich nations and vaccine manufacturers had made it hard to acquire vaccines for its Covax initiative.

The Covax is an initiative meant to ensure equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine across all countries.

The first batches of 600,000 doses under the Covax initiative arrived in Ghana on Wednesday.

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Ghana became the first African country thus to benefit from the initiative.

But wealthy nations have been accused of hoarding vaccines making it hard for poor ones to access any.

In reaction to comments from the WHO director-general President Kagame said “This is hypocrisy& double standards we have always talked about. Just one of the many and consequential examples!”

President Paul Kagame this month accused the West of hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and “purchasing many times more doses than they need.”

In an opinion article published on the news website The Guardian, the outspoken African leader “the current situation with regard to the access and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines vividly illustrates the decades-old contradictions of the world order.”

“Rich and powerful nations have rushed to lock up supply of multiple vaccine candidates,” Kagame said adding that “leaves African and other developing countries either far behind in the vaccine queue, or not in it at all.”

A coalition of campaign groups, People’s Vaccine Alliance, has said that nearly 70 lower-income countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people.

Pharmaceutical corporations working on Covid-19 vaccines has been asked by these campaigners to openly share their technology and intellectual property so that billions more doses can be manufactured and made available to everyone who needs them.

Ghana is first in Africa to receive Covid-19 vaccines under COVAX


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