Latest Breaking News & Top Headlines

Gordon Brown warns rich countries that vaccine failure ‘comes back to haunt us’

0

Gordon Brown warns rich countries that vaccine failure ‘comes back to haunt us’ as ex PM criticizes EU for ‘neo-colonialism’ in buying up South African jabs

  • Ex Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned that vaccine failure ‘comes back to haunt us’
  • He also criticized the EU after the bloc tried to buy vaccines made in South Africa
  • Said the emergence of new tribes like Omicron could have been avoided










Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned rich countries that failing to share vaccines will “come back to haunt us.”

Mr Brown also criticized the European Union for “neo-colonialism” over the bloc’s move to buy up South African-made jabs.

The former Labor leader claimed the emergence of new strains such as Omicron, a supermutant variant first reported in South Africa on Nov. 24, could have been prevented if the West had properly shared vaccine stocks.

He said the West had been “forewarned” about not sharing vaccine doses, but only three percent of people in low-income countries were still stung, compared to about 60 percent in rich countries.

In the absence of mass vaccination, Covid is not only spreading rampantly among unprotected people, but is mutating it, with new variants emerging from the poorest countries and now threatening to spread to even fully vaccinated people in the richest countries of the world. ‘ Mr Brown wrote.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned rich countries that failing to share vaccines will ‘come back to haunt us’

The former prime minister said the West had been 'forewarned' about not sharing vaccine doses, but still only three percent of people in low-income countries had been stung, compared to about 60 percent in rich countries

The former prime minister said the West had been ‘forewarned’ about not sharing vaccine doses, but still only three percent of people in low-income countries had been stung, compared to about 60 percent in rich countries

“The good news is that our medical genius has ensured that the new Omicron variant has been identified quickly; is sequenced by speed; and if it proves not only more transmissible but also immune to current vaccines, a new vaccine could potentially emerge soon,” he wrote in the Guardian.

But given the contrast between the success of our scientists and the failure of our world leaders, only a massive effort starting this week can allay fears that new mutations among unvaccinated people in the least protected places Covid could take a third year. will take – with even fifth, sixth and seventh wave.’

He further accused the EU of “neo-colonialism” over the bloc’s attempt to buy South African-made vaccines and said the move “hampered” the nation’s efforts to vaccinate the population.

Gordon Brown further accused the EU of

Gordon Brown further accused the EU of “neo-colonialism” over the bloc’s attempt to buy South African-made vaccines and said the move “hampered” the country’s efforts to vaccinate its population.

Mr Brown’s comments came as the World Health Organization labeled the recently discovered Omicron strain of Covid-19 a ‘type of concern’ on Friday evening.

Based on the presented evidence pointing to a harmful change in the epidemiology of Covid-19… the WHO has identified B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern, called Omicron,” the UN health organization said in a statement.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said alarming warnings were simply “speculation” because the variant had only spread in “very small numbers.”

He also questioned whether the public would accept the return of the coronavirus restrictions.

Health Minister Sajid Javid told MPs that while there was “enormous international concern”, vaccines had put Britain in a strong position. While scientists said existing jabs could be modified to address the variant.

In a rush to contain the spread, the EU suspended all flights to southern Africa on Friday after the first case in Europe, in Belgium, was confirmed.

Britain had already put six countries – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia – on the ‘red list’ for travel and was about to add two more last night.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had previously called for an EU-wide travel ban to southern Africa and warned that the Omicron tribe could become world-dominant within months.

Passengers flying to the Netherlands from South Africa were not allowed to leave the plane as the continent tightened its borders in an effort to shut out the species scientists have described as the “worst variety ever.”

They were eventually let off the track after being forced to take a test and leave their details with contact tracers.

By contrast, British arrivals from the variant’s epicenter, Johannesburg, were left to mingle with hundreds of others as they flew into Heathrow on the last flights out of Africa before the red list was re-imposed at noon.

Passengers flying to Heathrow revealed they had not been tested or questioned about their travel history.

Advertisement

.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.