According to a survey conducted by 77 epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease specialists from 28 countries, the COVID-19 vaccines will be ineffective in a year due to mutations. The survey conducted by People’s Vaccine Alliance has issued a sharp warning to the world for not ensuring vaccines in every country to protect people from Covid-19.
Amongst those surveyed, majority of them predicted a timeframe of nine months or less. Very few of them are hopeful that mutations won’t be able to render the vaccines ineffective.
The experts lament that the low vaccine coverage in many countries and inoculation going at a snail’s pace will trigger vaccine-resistant mutations to appear.
The People’s Vaccine Alliance is a coalition of over 50 organizations including African Alliance, Oxfam and UNAIDS. It has warned that at the current rate it was likely that only 10 per cent of people in the majority of poor countries will be vaccinated in the next year.
“The more the virus circulates, the more likely it is that mutations and variants will emerge, which could make our current vaccines ineffective,” Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh in Britain.
“At the same time, poor countries are being left behind without vaccines and basic medical supplies like oxygen.”
“As we’ve learned, viruses don’t care about borders. We have to vaccinate as many people as possible, everywhere in the world, as quickly as possible. Why wait and watch instead of getting ahead of this?”