President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with world leaders to distribute evenly and allow equitable access to the Covid19 vaccine. The president stated that only impartial distribution and access can salvage the world from the harsh effect of the coronavirus that has claimed a lot of lives since its outbreak across the globe. President Buhari insists that the world must unite in making sure that the vaccine gets across in an impartial manner. This is in view to forestall the impact of the pandemic in the global space because exclusion of one is a double tragedy for all.
Covid19 has impacted the world in negative ways. Since its first incidence in China, in December 2019, it has infected over a million people globally and killed over 1.2 million. Concerted efforts have been made to source for panacea in vaccines. Of the over 200 Covid19 vaccines, a major breakthrough by drug manufacturing giant, Pfizer was announced.
Pfizer announced that early data from its vaccine shows an efficacy rate higher than the 90 vaccines which attracted attention as a potential relief from COVID19 from all quarters especially commendations from world leaders.
President Buhari had described the breakthrough as ‘a major milestone in medical advance’. He, nonetheless, insisted that ‘Only a People’s Vaccine with equality and solidarity at its core can protect all of humanity and get our societies safely running again.’
‘A bold international agreement cannot wait,’ he was quoted by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Concerning the efficacy of the Covid19 vaccine, it is reported to have been tested on 43, 500 people in six countries with no safety issues recorded.
Reports also show that two doses applied three weeks apart are all one person needs.
According to reports, joint developers of the vaccine (Pfizer and BioNtech) intend to apply for emergency approval for the use of the vaccine by the end of November. They hope to supply 50 million doses at the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion by the finish of 2021.
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