Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Founder & Chairman - Morningside Pharmaceuticals & Trustees for the Randal Charitable Foundation
As the UK and other developed nations begin to phase out Covid-19 restrictions, many lower-middle income countries feel left behind by the unequal distribution of vaccines.
This is despite the G7 pledging 870million vaccine doses for 2021 and 2022, which has been welcomed by international NGOs, but is still no-where near enough to protect populations from the rampant spread of the virus.
The official death toll from Covid is nearing 4 million, with almost 200 million cases. Whilst we have suffered almost 130,000 deaths in the UK, we know that the virus has affected every country on every continent. It has wrought destruction not only in poorer countries but rich countries too.
The comparison is drawn with the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people (including approximately 250,000 in the UK).