WHEN SHALL WE HAVE OUR SHOTS OF THE COVID19 VACCINE?
When the United Nations Health Organization declared COVID 19 as a Pandemic, which means no part of the world is immune. Unlike the HIV which its occurrences is preventable through human choice. In the case of COVID19, the virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe heavily. These liquid particles are in different sizes, ranging from larger ‘respiratory droplets’ to smaller ‘aerosols’.
Other people can catch COVID-19 when the virus gets into their mouth, nose or eyes, which is more likely to happen when people are in direct or close contact (less than 1 metre apart) with an infected person. Man being a social animal always like to cuddle cannot escape the threat of the virus. Which also means we are in all these together, we must fight and control the spread of virus together. As the virus does not distinguish on the basis of colour, nationality, rich or poor.
The spontaneity in how the developed countries and their Non-governmental organization embarked on advocacy to create awareness of the disease is not out of pity for us but their safety and economic survival.
The disease has so far claimed over one million lives worldwide. The rush for the search of the vaccine was unprecedented in human history. The speedy authorization for its use underscores the devastation COVID19 is impacting on the lives of the people and economies of the world.
Now that a vaccine has been found, the concern would be shifted to distribution and who benefit first.
Sadly, nobody is now thinking about the have not. Even in light of the fact the most vulnerable and affected groups are from the underdeveloped countries of the world.
The less-developed economies may soon find themselves out of the global equation. Soon the most vulnerable would be left to the monopolist capitalist firms that developed the vaccine and the non-governmental organizations whose roles are a suspect in such circumstances as they too are part owners of the global conglomerates.
The race for the vaccine may have been humantarian, the underline push is guided by profit supported by monies from the super-rich countries. Soon the rush for the dumping of the vaccine in the developing countries will take centre stage despite the devastation of their economies by COVID19.
Equally worrying most third world countries do not have the facilities to store the vaccine at the sub-zero temperature that support the vitality of the vaccine.
Regrettably, also I have not heard any of the countries in the global south-south developing the vaccine. When shall the dumping begin? And how long will it take for our governments to come to our aid?
This is a society where many still feel COVID19 is a white man disease. Many still don’t believe the disease is real. Even when available statistics show most of those who died from the disease in the developed economies are the less privilege, blacks and Hispanics.
The truth is the white man has now developed his vaccine, soon they will control the effects of the pandemic in their society, while we continue to wallow in our denials and ignorance.
My advice to the CDC, they must not relent their efforts to maintain the social distancing, wearing of facemask, hand washing and other basic hygiene that kept us going. As we patiently await when the vaccine handouts would start coming from the developed economies for us to have shots. GOD SAVE US