‘Overly idealistic’

By Alexander Smith
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COVAX’s initial vision was that everyone would use the program to buy vaccines: Rich nations would donate cash to ramp up research and manufacturing, and rich and poor nations would divvy up shots fairly at the end.

“It was perhaps overly idealistic and ambitious,” said Charles Clift, a former WHO and British government official specializing in getting medicines to developing countries.

In reality, COVAX had to settle for a messy, hybrid system. Rich countries still donated money. But they had already started striking their own bilateral side deals with drugmakers. Essentially COVAX found itself competing against its own most powerful donors. It was never a fair fight.

“It was very clear that the win-win option was a global solution,” WHO Assistant Secretary-General Dr. Bruce Aylward told NBC News. “But national interests played a big part in the decisions going other ways.”

Compare COVAX’s dizzying challenges with the America-first approach of the Trump administration, the effects of which still linger.

Before the first Covid-19 death on American soil in February, Trump’s Operation Warp Speed program was striking deals with pharmaceutical companies. It pumped $12 billion into research and domestic manufacturing, taking huge risks in the hope one vaccine candidate would work.

This investment came with strings attached: The U.S. expected to be served first.

Later in the year, the White House worked hand-in-glove with the Food and Drug Administration to approve these vaccines faster than almost anywhere else.

Given the political pressures, “vaccine nationalism is at the same time ethically indefensible and probably politically inevitable,” said Justine Landegger, a senior vaccine consultant at Resolve to Save Lives, which is working with African countries to prepare for their rollouts.

By contrast, COVAX took months to raise enough cash to enter negotiations with drugmakers. And even then, it had to act as a go-between for dozens of nations, always keeping one eye on value for money.

It was essentially saying: “‘I understand that you can sell these vaccines for three times their price, but I actually want a discount and I want a lot of them,'” said Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for global access to medicines. “You could imagine what an amazingly tempting business proposition that is.”

Though the process faced by the U.S. and others was far from simple, COVAX had to grind its way through a far more complex web of regulatory systems and indemnity agreements on national and multilateral levels.

Aylward at the WHO recalls seeing the deals struck by rich countries and thinking, “Wow, you are paying three four times as much — these countries were desperate.”

‘Money is irrelevant’

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Both the moral case and the self-interested case for vaccinating the world were behind Biden’s $4 billion pledge.

“We think that it is vital to take a role in beating the pandemic globally, and to really put U.S. leadership out there to do this,” a senior administration official said.

COVAX officials are reluctant to call out Biden directly for channeling so many vaccination resources to Americans. His attempts to revive American multilateralism have been mostly welcomed, particularly after then-President Donald Trump moved to leave the WHO and was the only Western leader to ignore COVAX.

But some of the new administration’s policies are the same ones that COVAX officials blame for fueling the inequality we see today. That’s because the central problem here is not about money at all, but supply.

COVAX could have all the cash in the world, but so few vaccine vials are being made that the shots are not available to buy. Those that have trickled out of the spigot have mostly been snapped up by rich countries first — and in this sense, Biden’s White House is little different.

While pledging billions to COVAX, Biden with another pen stroke has secured yet another 200 million doses for the American people, part of his plan to offer everyone a shot by July.

Without naming names, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that rich countries had actually prevented COVAX from accessing its own supply.

“If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant,” he said.

One long-term solution might be to waive intellectual property rights, so vaccines can be produced around the world. So far, that has been resisted by wealthy countries and most large pharmaceutical companies.

A shorter-term fix would be for rich nations to donate shots they’ve already stockpiled. But the White House says it only plans to do this after every American has been offered one. That goes against the express pleas of COVAX and other experts, who want the sharing to start as soon as rich countries have immunized priority groups.

Sharing immediately is not only “the right thing to do from a humanitarian perspective, it is in the interest of rich countries to stop transmission everywhere,” said Dr. Tom Kenyon, a former director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health and the former CDC director for Ethiopia, now chief health officer at Project HOPE, an international global health organization.

Ultimately, rich nations need to stop implying that they are sharing doses out of charity, and recognize it is a fundamental part of their obligations as members of COVAX, according to Sekalala at the University of Warwick.

“It cannot be that you vaccinate everybody in your own country and then you go to COVAX as an afterthought if you have anything left over,” she said.

The White House did not respond to NBC News’ request for a response to these criticisms.

The selfish reason to share

By Alexander Smith
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Seeing an oncoming wave of vaccine nationalism last year, the world’s leading humanitarian groups responded by founding COVAX, a partnership among the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.

The project’s main aim is to supply doses to 20 percent of people in 92 low- and middle-income countries, whose population totals some 3.6 billion. But nine months after the partnership was formed, that dream has so far failed to materialize.

While the rollout in the U.S. has been troubled, there has still been about 20 vaccinations per 100 people so far. COVAX is months behind, with more than 100 of the world’s poorest countries having yet to administer a single dose.

COVAX did finally begin its rollout this week, with Ghana becoming the first country Wednesday to receive 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. And officials remain optimistic they will soon start closing the gap. But many experts are skeptical it will hit its target of delivering 1.8 billion vaccinations to low-and-middle-income countries this year.

In a pandemic that’s killed 2.5 million and infected 50 times that number, not vaccinating people across the globe promptly will leave them vulnerable. But even from a selfish perspective, inoculating the globe has benefits for wealthy countries.

Even immunized Americans could be infected by new variants that will inevitably mutate where the virus is allowed to flourish. Sharing would also save money, costing $25 billion but preventing a $119 billion hole in the global economy, according to the RAND Corporation, a research organization.

“This is going to be a huge public health problem in a few months unless it is corrected and corrected quickly,” Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, the deputy director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said. “It is quite bizarre for a young person in one part of the world to be getting the vaccine, while a front-line health worker in Africa is still waiting.”

COVAX: Why Biden’s billions won’t fix Covid vaccine inequality worldwide


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“We need to reframe this entire discussion. What will help Americans the most is not vaccinating every American first,” one expert said.

It seemed like a windfall in the campaign to vaccinate the world.

President Joe Biden last week announced $4 billion for a humanitarian program called COVAX — short for Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access plan — which aims to fairly distribute vaccines between rich countries and the developing world.

But in more than a dozen interviews, current and former officials involved with COVAX and experts with detailed knowledge of the plan suggest Biden’s mountains of cash and rhetorical support will not address the real reasons behind the dire state of global vaccine inequality.

COVAX’s efforts have been throttled not by a lack of money but a lack of supply. And so far the limited doses that are being made have mostly gone to the U.S. and other rich countries.

As it stands, parts of Africa, South America and Asia will not achieve widespread immunization until 2023 at the earliest, according to a recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit research group.

In a deeply unfair fight, COVAX has struggled to compete with its own largest donors — wealthy nationalistic governments whose ruthless tactics rarely match their altruistic rhetoric.

Some critics say Biden is repeating some of the same moves: pledging money and words to COVAX, but with the other hand grabbing the scarce supplies that it desperately needs.

“There is a sense that we’ve made some progress, from the U.S. giving no vaccines at all to it giving $4 billion — but that doesn’t go far enough,” Sharifah Sekalala, an associate professor of global health law at England’s University of Warwick, said. “We need to reframe this entire discussion. What will help Americans the most is not vaccinating every American first.”

George Soros’ Twitter Page Flooded With Millions of People Calling For His Arrest For ‘Treason’

George Soros’ history of funding leftist movements including Black Lives Matter is proving unpopular with internet users, with many taking to Twitter to denounce the globalist billionaire as one of the financial architects behind the violent disturbances across the U.S.

Twitter users are hitting back against George Soros, punishing his posts with millions upon millions of angry tweets, accusing him of paying protestors to riot and funding Antifa, while some claim that he plans to radicalize African Americans in order to undermine society and further his globalist agenda.

“Soros needs to be under arrest for being an enemy of the USA… he is an international criminal!” said Conservative Lady in response to James Woods, who said “Our problem today is not black versus white. Our problem today is George Soros versus America.“

“The only danger is this man George Soros and his NGO’s,” said Denise. “He is responsible for Antifa. Arrest this man already for treason.“

“Arrest George Soros. Freeze his assets and get him off the backs of the people,” said Cara Byrne.

“Let’s focus all this protest energy and zero in on George Soros!” said Starlight Solutions. “Let’s march, and yell in the streets ‘ARREST GEORGE SOROS. And when he’s down, Bill Gates, then Clintons and Obamas. We are the people!”

It has been revealed by the Anti Defamation League that Soros is currently receiving around half a million negative mentions per day, as his political and philanthropic activities continue to enrage millions of Americans.

The ADL notes: As protests – still largely peaceful, but increasingly marked by violent confrontations, looting and vandalism — continue in response to the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, right-wing pundits and an ideologically diverse crew of conspiracy theorists have alleged that George Soros has played a role in fomenting the chaos.

Aggressive language towards Soros has exploded on social media sites like Twitter, where a sample assessment showed that negative tweets about Soros rose from 20,000 per day on May 26 to more than 500,000 per day on May 30.

The vast majority of these tweets allege that Soros is paying protestors to riot, and that he funds antifa. A smaller number claim that he plans to radicalize African Americans in order to undermine society and enable the globalist takeover of America, while some go so far as to claim that George Floyd’s death was actually a false flag deployed by Soros in order to precipitate the current crisis. Click Here To Read More!!

The abandoned computer laptop that this video and other photographic evidence was discovered on include material that featured Biden in the throes of a major drug binge and having an affair with his dead brother’s wife.

Of course, liberal media did their best to bury the story so it wouldn’t see the light of day and end up going viral.

But apparently, the sleazy Hunter was not only sleeping with his dead brother’s wife, but was having a sexual relationship with her married sister at the same time.

This man has no moral compass whatsoever.

Above: Beau Biden, Elizabeth Secundy; image credit: Facebook

“Hunter Biden had a controversial affair with his brother Beau’s grieving widow Hallie, while exchanging raunchy texts, ‘partying’, and even renting a house with her sister, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal,” The Daily Mail said.

“Hallie Biden’s older sister, Elizabeth Secundy, who was recently separated from her husband of 15 years, referred to Hunter as her ‘prince’ and told him she loved him, in a series of text messages dating back to 2016,” the report continued.

“The pair’s relationship was revealed in files and emails recovered from Hunter’s laptop – the contents of which became public last year after it was abandoned at a Delaware computer shop,” it added.

Yes, you read that correctly. Hunter was having sex with his dead brother’s widow and sending dirty text messages and FaceTiming with her married sister from the shower. How sick and twisted is this guy? Click Here To Read More!!

Video: Too much snow in Dagestan

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A difficult path through snow in Kazbekovsky district, Dagestan on february 23, 2021.

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Video: Extreme blizzard in the south of the Urals and in Kazakhstan on February 23-24, 2021.

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Extreme blizzard in the south of the Urals and in the Kostanay region of Kazakhstan, February 23-24, 2021.

I focused on designing a unisex collection because I saw so many men in IVY PARK.

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The way they have embraced the brand is an unexpected gift,’ she shared.

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Additionally her organization BeyGood started a charitable initiative with the brand just last week, providing disaster relief to those suffering with the devastating storms in her native state of Texas.

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