Wednesday, May 25

Many of us have taken the third dose. At the same time, poorer countries are struggling to get the first one.

  • Hlin-Såga Kyrkjeøy (20)

    Leader, Vestland Socialist Youth

Rich countries buy many more doses than they use, writes Hlin-Såga Kyrkjeøy (20), leader of Vestland Socialist Youth.

The vaccine is available. Why are we still in a pandemic?

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We waited a long time for a vaccine against the coronavirus in the hope that it would fix everything. So why are we still in a pandemic now that we’ve got the vaccines we’ve been waiting for?

According to Our World in Data and per. Today, 61.2 percent of the world has received the first dose, while only 10 percent of people from low-income countries have received at least one dose. The difference will only be greater if we compare with the situation here in Norway.

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), 93.6 per cent of the population over the age of 18 have received the first dose. Why are the numbers so different?

One of the main reasons is that rich countries buy many more doses than they use. This prolongs the pandemic, says Camilla Stoltenberg who is director of FHI.

First dose

Many of us have taken the third dose. At the same time, poorer countries are struggling to give the majority of the population their first dose. Some may claim that we buy many doses to donate it further, but in that case there are far too few doses that come out.

If we are to ensure that other countries receive more doses, they must have access to make vaccines themselves. But this is not an option when the big medicine companies doubt their patents and sell the products at sky-high prices.

Like most people, I also want the pandemic to end, writes Hlin-Såga Kyrkjeøy (20), leader of Vestland Socialist Youth.

Like most others, I also want the pandemic to end. It feels like life has been on hiatus since March 2020. Now we are just waiting for the world to reopen.

A rolemodel

But that will not happen if the rich countries do not contribute enough. Norway has to lead by example as a model for the world community. It does not help that we have countless doses to ourselves if there are constantly new variants of the virus.

Perhaps the virus would not have mutated as it has, if we had managed to vaccinate larger sections of the world population.

That is why Norway must take responsibility now. In fact, we must help countries that have not vaccinated the majority of their population. We can not just talk. We have to do something. Big words do not stop the pandemic.


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