Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine creator urges more be done to ensure poorer countries receive jab

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine only offers limited protection against the variant first discovered in South Africa, new data suggests. /AP
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine only offers limited protection against the variant first discovered in South Africa, new data suggests. /AP

Professor Sarah Gilbert, the co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is calling on people to give money to support Covid-19 vaccination in poorer countries.

The new campaign launched Monday called ‘Arm in Arm’, asks people in the UK to give money to the World Health Organization Coronavirus relief fund when they receive the date for their vaccination.

“We produced and developed the Oxford vaccine as a vaccine for the world,” Professor Gilbert said about the campaign. “We are happy to support a new initiative to get Covid_19 vaccines to as many people as possible.”

Professor Gilbert is the latest major scientific and public health figure to draw attention to the risk of vaccine inequality, amid rising fears that poorer countries will not be able to get access to the vaccines.

The fund supports Personal Protective equipment, PPE for critical care workers, vaccine research, treatment and support for vulnerable people.

Most African countries await millions of doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

(With input from agencies)