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reporter: it's putting the international community in a tricky position. there is concern about legitimizing the taliban and their forceful takeover of the government of afghanistan, members of the government are actually on the u.n. international sanctions list. there is worry about an economic collapse. hif they do not get it into the country. these are some of the issues that are being weighed by the united nations and diplomats from the international community in general. anchor: u.s. says it will provide more than $330 million in humanitarian aid to venezuelans. the announcement was made shortly after nicolas maduro demanded sanctions be lifted.
the new zealand president has declared he will group by degree. he says he has seized power to tackle the economic crisis, but his political rivals are calling it a coup. firefighters are digging trenches of more than 300 buildings have so far been destroyed. u.s. regulators have approved booster shots of the visor vaccine. people over the age of 65 will be eligible for a third jab. it can be administered six months after the two does course vaccination has been completed. those were the headlines. the news continues after inside story.
put profits before lots and has urged six week companies to uphold commitments he newman lives. prioritizing wealthy nations. they are demanding 2 billion jabs be delivered to the developing world before the end of december. amnesty has to announce to the firms for refusing to share technology. the group says drugmakers are fueling an unprecedented human rights crisis, and backed by the world health organization, is launching a campaign to hold governments 10 companies to account. the report comes as world leaders are at the 76th u.n. general assembly. joe biden is expected to pledge vaccinating 70% of the world population by next september.
zambia's president stressed the need for vaccine equity. >> despite being high on the list, sandia has only managed to vaccinate 3%. this is as the target for vaccinating 70% of the population by the third order of 2022. this highlights an equitable access to vaccines, developing countries with more than 2 billion vaccines have been administered worldwide. mr. president, it is fair to step back. each to fail when countries lock down the economy. anchor: amnesty international
says countries have plunged into renewed crises. the report estimates less than 1% of people who had been inoculated in our countries compared to 55% enrich forms. 1.2 billion need to be vaccinated in developing nations by the end of the year to cover 40% of the population. the target was set by the who. pfizer and biontech have delivered nine times the number of vaccines to sweden than they have to all poor countries can bond -- combined. moderna has knots delivered a single dose. -india >> 9 faces resistance from pharmaceutical companies. many say they are not the main
i'm not going to mince words. if you have an organization like who, if you encourage monopolies in the market [indiscernible] you don't wake up in a pandemic. anchor: i'm going to ask the other guest what she thinks of what you are saying. global vaccine manufacturers are producing something like 1.5 billion doses every month. why are so few of those going to pour and middle income countries? where are they going? >> the model we have is
corporations making vaccines. they consequently have all of the power to decide how many vaccines get made, who gs to y them at what price. because they are driven by profit and greed for excessive profits, they are selling the vast majority of tir doses to countries where they get the highest price. in some cases they are charging up to 24 times m be more than that than the estimated cost of production. they are maximizing the profits they make and highest prices they can to the countries willing to pay that price. countries that are paying more than they need to. of course, that means the rest of the world is being left without doses. right now, we're in a situation where people are dying whether
they have vaccines or not. this is an emergency situation and we are not seeing the requisite action on the arts of governments to break the vaccine monopolies. qualified manufacturers stand ready to reduce them, who are coming outward saying they can produce vaccines if the information and technology and legal rights were shared. they can be making more, securing a more even distribution of vaccine doses. just a few governments increasingly. anchor: should that be the responsibility of richer nations and organizations like u.n.? >> the letter is true.
i do not think it is the company responsibility. profits are the reason why we have to vaccine so quickly. that is how things work. on the other hand, rich countries have large amounts of vaccines that are not necessary for internal leads. the u.s. is talking about vaccinating five-year-old children. children in rich countries are a group that is at low risk. if anything, it is this kind that needs to be addressed.
instead of using them for children. anchor: is the tactic shaming or trying to get governments to force companies into sharing knowledge and technology, waving intellectual property rights? is going to work? >> yes. for example, in the u.k. [indiscernible] to bring the monopolies in india -- the very fact [indiscernible]
countries beyond the fact to needlessly affect fragile economies? >> many countries have fragile health systems. the indirect consequences of being overwhelmed with coronavirus dying unnecessarily with other health issues that will normally be dealt with. h \ and cannot accept health facilities in the rates of children missing out on routine immunizations is skyrocketing in many countries. the long-term consequences.
if you look at vietnam, they have only managed to vaccinate 4% of their population. w with adult about going are locking down and people are going hungry in vietnam. a country that was doing well economically. hunger was not a significant issue and now we are seeing people without enough food to eat. poverty is on the rise. these consequences are devastating for countries. let me also say that i think it is absolutely right for amnesty
to point the finger at pharmacies. yes, governments set the rules and they must take ultimate responsibility. but the egregious profiteering from these companies who have been massively financed by taxpayers. look at the figures. moderna, beyond tech are making upwards of 69% off it on these vaccines. about the cost of production. creating many more billionaires from those profits. we have calculated nine new billionaires. this is egregious profiteering. the publicly subsidized technology with willing manufacturers around the world
who are making more doses. we cannot turn away from that egregious behavior, we have to quality out. we have to ask government to step in. but we also must ask pharmaceutical companies to step up and do the right thing. anchor: they are not the only -- should we be holding china and russia to account? >> i agree.
the global health governance. these are subject to geopolitics. [indiscernible] we have an indigenous vaccine. there are issues around those global health governments. this is not going to be the last pandemic. it's multilateralism. leaving it to nonstate actors. the global health initiative must approve more vaccines. it was severely undermined.
[indiscernible] using the platform. look at it structurally. anchor: what does all of this say? do our health care systems and attitudes to those systems and overhaul? is it possible to have a globally equitable approach to health care? >> i remain optimistic, but we need the political will to make that happen. we need to ensure that we work in corporation and not competition. we have to drive out the commercialization of health care
in this kind of dominance of profiteering over public health. the public funding goes into the medical tools to combat pandemic. we need a new system that dealings research and development of these medical tools. we need to see is a redistribution of that manufacturing. we needed for this pandemic, but
we need to set it in place for the next one. that needs to be accompanied by increased financing. this trickle-down charity will never be fulfilled by colonial defendants. equal distribution of governance and driving out commercial interests which causes such inequality. anchor: i have a feeling this is
the last answer. but i drove thoughts on that, human rights watch says 75 percent have gone to 10 entries. the intelligence units has half of all vaccines have gone to just 15% of the worlds population. what are the dangers for richer nations of failing to ensure vaccines are at wrigley distributed to mark. ? >> there is risk for rich countries because the virus keeps circulating. this is one concern. i agree on the principle that it should come with conditions. at that point it becomes a political choice. taycan whatever they want.
discussing the political will. i do not think absolute freedom from intellectual property. we need to strike the balance. they should be some conditions on that. anchor: many thanks indeed. thank you for watching. you can see the program again at any time by visiting our website. for further discussion, join us at our facebook page. thanks for watching.
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