May you vaccin… Today every nation of the world is working with this goal. The vaccine is the priority of every country. The difference is that a handful of developed countries have vast resources, so they have started large-scale vaccination programs. But in developing countries where resources are not sufficient, the situation remains worrisome.
According to the latest data, more than 100 million corona infection cases have been reported all over the world. While more than 22 lakh deaths have been done. At the same time, weekly data from the African Union’s Health Agency for Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the mortality rate of corona patients in Africa was 2.5% during the past one week, while deaths in global cases The rate is 2.2%.
Since February last year, more than 3.5 million people in Africa have been infected with the Coronavirus. In the past week, 37000 people died due to Corona virus in Africa. The worst situation is in the southern part of the African continent, where about 17 lakh people were corona infected and the death toll is around 47 thousand. It is a matter of concern that in most countries of the continent of Africa, the vaccination campaign has not started yet.
14 percent of the world’s population has a vaccine of 53 percent
The People’s Vaccine Alliance is a group of organizations and activists. According to this, “Wealthy countries, which account for 14% of the world’s population, have purchased more than 53 percent of the world’s effective drugs against corona infection.” The Institute of Analytics, Airfiniti, claims that Canada currently has such a large stock of Corona Vaccine that it can vaccinate its citizens 5 times. European Union has also said to ban the export of vaccine. This is a direct attack on globalization or globalization and the global supply chain. It is clear that the corona virus and now the Kovid-19 vaccine have deepened the gap between inequality between developed and developing countries.
There is no doubt that every nation’s priority is its citizens. But the attempt to monopolize the Kovid-19 vaccine under the guise of civilians cannot be considered a good sign in the global fight against Corona. No country and its citizens can be completely safe until the whole world is free of corona virus. The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has expressed concern over vaccine nationalism. He said, ‘Vaccines are a limited resource at the moment. We have to use them as effectively and equitably as possible. ‘ About 10 days ago, Tedros Adnom had also told that about 40 million vaccines have been installed in 49 ‘high income’ countries. At the same time, only 25 vaccines have been installed in a ‘low income’ country. However, he did not disclose the name of that country.
‘Nation First’ vs ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’
At a time when rich countries are following the policy of ‘nation first’, India is on the path of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. India has given 10 lakh doses of Kovid-19 vaccine to The Africa, where the situation is serious due to the new strain of Kovid-19. It is also worth noting that rich countries first focused on vaccination of their citizens. The selective thinking of the developed countries about rich and poor is being criticized. At the same time, developing India has given the vaccine free to its neighbors and allies under the policy of ‘Neighborhood First’ within a few days of the world’s largest vaccination campaign. Which the Ministry of External Affairs of India has named Vaccine Friendship.
While the Government of India has allocated 35000 crores for the Kovid vaccine in the budget of 2021-22, the Government of India is saying that it is sending the vaccine to 100 countries. Many experts are linking the vaccine to India’s soft power and calling it vaccine diplomacy. However, former diplomat Ashok Sajjanhar does not believe so. He says that India’s vaccine friendship is a perfect blend of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power, which is called ‘smart’ power. India has been thanked by the neighboring countries. In fact, it is the perseverance and selfless spirit with which India has worked to provide vaccine help to the needy, despite the huge requirements at home.
Health has become a compulsion not an option
Health has become a compulsion, not an option, in the new priorities of changing times. And in a crisis, positive efforts related to India’s vaccine are being seen by linking it with the changing world order. Former diplomat Achal Malhotra believes that India’s ‘Vaccine Friendship’ initiative should not be viewed through narrow glasses of ‘vaccine diplomacy’. It is the old spirit of India’s Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is a family), which motivates India to help and cooperate in the world. ‘
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez praised India, saying, “India’s production capacity is nothing short of an achievement for the world.” And I hope the world will make full use of it. ‘ India is called the pharmacy of the world, India as the largest producer of generic medicines, contributes 20 percent to the global production. At the same time, India meets 62 percent of the global demand for vaccine. When the corona epidemic