The federal government should commit an additional dose of $ 250 million. And 20 million to developing countries or risk making current vaccines ineffective and years of potential blockages.
It is the advice of a team of 77 epidemiologists in 28 developing countries, two-thirds of whom say that if no action is taken now, the virus would mutate even more within a year.
The End Covid for All campaign said vaccination of the world is the only way to prevent future mutations, as current rates indicate that more than 19 low-income countries will not reach 70 percent vaccination until after 2030.
It is estimated that only 2 percent of the population in low-income countries have received a first dose of a Covid vaccine.
Pastor Tim Costello said that the more developed countries like Australia allowed developing countries to lag behind in their vaccination rates, the greater the chance of mutation.
“Therefore, it is vital that the Australian Government steps in and provides a fair share of commitment of an additional $ 250 million and 20 million vaccine doses to COVAX,” he said.
“COVAX is the only global initiative working with governments and manufacturers to ensure that doses are available to both higher-income and lower-income countries who may not otherwise be able to obtain vaccines alone.
“The Delta tribe and the devastation it has caused across Australia shows that we cannot allow Covid to run wild and mutate abroad.”
Australia has pledged $ 623.2 million over three years to help Pacific and Southeast Asian countries access Covid-19 vaccines.
Pastor Costello said there would also be “devastating” economic consequences if no further steps were taken.
“Even under the most optimistic scenario, we will lose between $ 7.6 billion and $ 33.7 billion of our GDP as a result of unequal vaccination and an unnecessary extension of the pandemic,” he said.
“We can not ignore the moral necessity we have to help our poorest neighbors.
“But with an overall, realistic global push, we can vaccinate nine out of ten people worldwide by the end of next year.”