The UK and other rich countries must reject a “short sighted” approach to coronavirus vaccine development or they risk being caught in a “rolling cycle of lockdowns” and restrictions on travel and trade, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has warned.
Writing in the Telegraph, Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome, says that when world leaders come together for this week’s World Health Assembly – the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation – they must hammer out a deal that ensures all countries in the world have equal access to any eventual vaccine.
Sir Jeremy said: “Governments, industry and philanthropy must prioritise the long-term and pool their resources, to ensure everyone benefits from a vaccine.
“A fragmented approach will not succeed in an interconnected world. It will only prolong the current situation, leading to a rolling cycle