Hoarding vaccines aided environment for virus to mutate
BY MARIA CHENG AND LORI HINNANT ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON — The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world’s desperate attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.
The hoarding of limited COVID-19 shots by rich countries — creating virtual vaccine deserts in many poorer ones — doesn’t just mean risk for the parts of the world seeing shortages; it threatens the entire globe.
That’s because the more the disease spreads among unvaccinated populations, the more possibilities it has to mutate and potentially become more dangerous, prolonging the pandemic for everyone.
“The virus is a ruthless opportunist, and the inequity that has characterized the global response has now come home to roost,” said Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, one of the groups behind the U.N.-backed COVAX shot-sharing initiative.
This is the sort of evidence-free claim that, if repeated enough, becomes the BIG LIE. Recall that the Corporate Press also said that the virus could NOT have come from the Wuhan virus lab, that Fauci told the truth that he didn't provide money for gain-of-function research at Wuhan, the Jussie Smollett was attacked by Trump supporters in Chicago, and the Trump colluded with Putin to steal the 2016 election.
My home-town newspaper is part of the BIG LIE conspiracy.