South African archbishop Thabo Cecil Makgoba says the scarcity of vaccines against covid-19 in South Africa is reminiscent of apartheid and asks Joe Biden for help.
The South African vaccination program provided for the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine to be used. However, its administration was suspended in the country last week, as it has shown to offer minimal protection against the South African variant, representing 90% of the country’s cases.
So in South Africa, almost no one has been vaccinated so far, although it is one of the countries with the highest lethality rate by covid-19.
“This crisis really reminds me of apartheid”, threw South African archbishop Thabo Cecil Makgoba. “These vaccines that are available for the global north and for the west and made available by Moderna remind me that we are saying, as the apartheid, ‘Hey, you are not human enough. Wait a minute'”.
THE apartheid it was a regime of racial segregation implemented in South Africa in 1948 by Protestant pastor Daniel François Malan – then prime minister – and adopted until 1994 by successive National Party governments, in which the rights of the majority of the inhabitants were restricted by the white minority in the power.
Thabo Cecil Makgoba advises the President of the USA, Joe Biden, to use the country’s immense wealth and power to ensure that South Africa and other countries in desperate need of an effective coronavirus vaccine have access to it.
“I would say to President Biden: you have an incredible opportunity to be a force for good in the world,” Makgoba told The Intercept. “So we are calling on you to look at those who are suffering and ensure that there is access, especially in the global south, to this life-saving vaccine.”
Makgoba is specifically asking the Biden administration to make the Modern vaccine available in South Africa. The US government has the right to cancel a patent at any time, provided that the company receives “reasonable compensation”.
Daniel Costa, ZAP //